Destination Downtown, City of Brainerd, Crossing Arts Alliance calling on artist for Babe the Blue Ox statue

Destination Downtown, City of Brainerd, Crossing Arts Alliance calling on artist for Babe the Blue Ox statue

December 3, 2020 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (12/3/20)

(Brainerd, MN) — The Destination Downtown Coalition, in partnership with the City of Brainerd and the Crossing Arts Alliance, are bringing Babe the Blue Ox to downtown Brainerd.

Nor-Son Construction has donated a Babe the Blue Ox statue that they’ve had at their Baxter office since 2008. A fundraiser of donations and much needed repairs laid the groundwork for the next step to find artists to design and paint the ox statue.

The Crossing Arts Alliance will be putting together a panel to determine location/placement, finding great local artists, and jury the submissions, for who will be doing the honors of creating downtown Brainerd’s latest attraction.

This opportunity is open to all Minnesota-residing artists and must submit up to 3 family-friendly designs for consideration. The chosen artist will receive a $700 honorarium to help defray material costs and other expenses. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2021. The selected artist will have the month of May to work on and complete their design on the ox, and the finished piece will be installed in downtown Brainerd in early June. Visit the Crossing Arts Alliance website for the full information and rules, as well as the online submission form.