Newly Painted Babe Statue Complete, Coming Soon to Downtown Brainerd
Brainerd teen, Aiyana Beaulieu’s concept for the new Babe the Ox statue was chosen out of nine submissions. Beaulieu’s concept is titled ‘Babe the Waabigwan Ox’ and features a bright and vibrant, Ojibwe-inspired floral design on a starkly contrasted black background, inspired by Ojibwe beadwork. ‘Waabigwan’ means flower in the Ojibwe language, and Aiyana’s art is meant to touch on the history and culture of Brainerd’s Indigenous people.
With the painting complete and being sealcoated, it’s set to be placed in downtown Brainerd soon at the corner of South Eighth and Laurel Streets along with a plaque that was approved by Brainerd City Council members on September 7th. The ox statue originally resided at Nor-Son Construction’s Baxter office since 2008 and was donated for the project by Nor-Son, while the Crossing Arts Alliance and Destination Downtown Business Coalition created a call for artists to submit their artistic proposals for a new design on the ox.