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Artist Chosen for Eagle Lake Regional Park Project

Aug 16, 2016 08:05PM ● By Wendy Erlien

A design by local artist Karinn Lohmann has been chosen as the winner for a public art project at Eagle Lake Regional Park. (Graphic provided by Three Rivers Park District)

Local artist Korrin Lohmann's design was recently chosen as the winner for a Eagle Lake Regional Park public art project. 

The structure will begin to be installed the fall of 2016 and completed by late spring 2017.  

Her design is inspired by the layered vegetation at the site, according to Three Rivers Park District - the canopy layer, the shrub layer and the forest forbs and grasses below - "...layering is also a botanical term referring to the burying of branches to encourage them to take root and emerge as wholly separate individual plants while still able to get nutrients from the mother plant.” she said. 

“The four square structure diving into the ground and re-emerging imitate this botanical layering," she said of her design. "The seating area lies at the layering point where one plant begets anew. The square, as a symbol, with its four equal sides feels like home. The four individual square structures multiply this feeling, as they rotate and draw you in to the seating area. Once inside, the steel structure invokes a sense of protection and comfort, while simultaneously reframing and connecting you to the surrounding landscape.”

The project was the idea of long-time park support and Maple Grove resident Tim Huebsch to enhance "The Point" area of the park. Through his donation and a matching gift from his employer, the project is privately funded and "allowed the park district to create an enhanced space that otherwise would not have been possible," according to Three Rivers Park District. 

“We really appreciate donations to the park district and to the Three Rivers Park District Foundation,” Three Rivers Park District Commissioner Jennifer DeJournett said. “Creative projects like this would not be possible without the support of our donors.”


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