Friday, July 8, 2011


We made our annual journey to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this week. It's a favorite for both Ellis and me and worth the long drive to Chaska. It's a beautiful space and a great walk on a wonderful day. It's so huge that it's hard to balance time and energy with kids to visit our favorite parts (Maze Garden, anyone?) while exploring new areas.

One of the best things is the public art installation. Each year they feature a different artist doing work on a subject and scale that fits the large natural scope of the space. This year, it's artist Steve Tobin's exhibit Steelroots: Touching Earth & Sky. Ellis was fascinated by the process the artist used to make these large metal sculptures of tree roots. In the case of the red one above, those are the roots of actual large trees that had died that he cast in bronze. You know it's cool when you have an eight-year-old poring over the brochure to learn more.
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