Mural in Mankato Shows Diversity, Inclusion and Community
I have always been a huge fan of the arts. I even graduated from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I have always appreciated people who are able to create extraordinary things out of ordinary things. When I saw that this piece was being created not far from us here in St. Cloud, I was intrigued.
An Australian artist named Guido Van Helten started this art piece last October... pre-pandemic. He was forced to shut down mostly because of Winter but then was delayed because of COVID-19. But, after much consideration, it was decided that since he really works alone and has no contact with the people and workers at Ardent Mills, and he even works his own boom crane, that this would be ok to continue. Plus, it would give people something else to look at and focus on instead of the coronavirus.
The grain silos that point towards North Mankato, can be seen for quite a ways. The design concept idea was inspired by the Mahkato Wacipi. I pulled this quote from a story that KARE 11 did back in April of this year.
“The concept is a summary of experiences, observations, and discoveries in color and culture in Mankato utilizing the Education Day at the Mahkato Pow Wow,” he stated in a release before the work began. ” … This design brings together the shared ideals of community, diversity, and inclusion; and it pays respect to history while encouraging a positive dialogue on the future identity of the Mankato area.”
I had heard about this back when it was first started, then I kind of forgot about it. Until I saw a post from a former college professor from SCSU. Ted Sherarts had driven out to see the mural and took some pretty awesome pictures. He has allowed me to use them here. I'm so impressed by the work and it really is a statement. Especially when you consider the climate that we are in currently.
If you have some extra time...take a short drive to Mankato and check it out for yourself.