Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition- Babe Statue Unveiling Tuesday
Brainerd, MN — Brainerd’s newest ‘Babe’ is coming home! Babe the Waabigwan Ox will be located on the corner of South 8th Street and Laurel Street in downtown Brainerd. Members of the community are encouraged to visit this location at 3PM on Tuesday, September 21, for the unveiling of Babe the Waabigwan Ox. Attendees will learn about the creation of the new landmark and its ties to the Brainerd community.
The original Babe the Ox statue was property of Nor-Son Construction as part of the Brainerd Lakes Ox Trot from 2008. Nor-Son graciously donated the ox to the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, who offered it to the Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition to add to the artistic and historic appeal of downtown Brainerd. Josh Porter, owner of Avalon Studios and creator of the ox statue refurbished and applied the final clear coat. The Crossing Arts Alliance assisted with a call for artists to reimagine a new look for Babe. Destination Downtown Business Coalition chose the new location for the statue.
Babe the Waabigwan Ox derives its name from the Ojibwe word for flower. The artist, Brainerd teen Aiyana Bealieu, drew her inspiration of the colorful print from Ojibwe beadwork, tying the history and culture of Brainerd’s Indigenous people.
The project has been made possible by Avalon Studios, Nor-Son Construction, Brainerd Lakes Chamber, City of Brainerd, Crossing Arts Alliance, B. Johnson & Associates and Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition.