Not much to report today. Not because we didn’t walk – we actually walked more than two hours today! – but because I’m saving the bulk of the information for Sunday’s Pioneer.
Today, all three of us (myself, Laurie and Jean-Luc) walked 95 percent of Bemidji’s Sculpture Walk (more or less everything within downtown). We photographed all of the sculptures and I took notes. In this weekend’s "Trail Mix in Print" column, I will talk about the Sculpture Walk and our experiences from today’s walk.
Also, on Sunday, I will publish (on this blog) the photos from all of the sculptures that we saw – but you really need to get out and see the sculptures first-hand, if you are physically able to do so. Photos are great, but there are countless details and textures (not to mention movement) that a camera just cannot capture. Also, most, if not all, of the sculptures deserve a 360-degree examination.
This was the first year I’ve actually taken the time to physically seek out all of the sculptures. I’ve seen many, if not most, of them while just walking through town in years past, but this was the first time I set out with the intention of looking at them all.
Between the three of us, we had great discussion and debate over the sculptures — and we all had our own personal favorites. We were exhausted by the end, so I also suggest that unless you are in better shape than myself (which wouldn’t be surprising), you might want to consider making the tour throughout a two- or three-day period.
Note: The Tourist Information Center does not yet have the finalized map for this year’s Sculpture Walk. Laurie I received a temporary map yesterday, but we did find a couple of errors. So if you’re interested in perfection, you might want to check back in a little while.
Second note: We are NOT art critics. And I am finding it very difficult to articulate my opinions on the sculptures because even if I did not absolutely love each and every piece, I found aspects of every one that I loved.
So … check back on Sunday!!! (Both in the print issue of the Pioneer and right here, at this blog.)