Watershed River Ice Sculpture

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Mississippi Watershed Management Organization says
Come experience “Watershed,” a Mississippi River ice sculpture by local artist Aaron Dysart.

Art meets science as Dysart uses data collected by the MWMO to craft a 3-D scale model replica of the river floor. The resulting sculpture, made of frozen river water, is allowed to slowly melt throughout the day. This allows the viewer to, in Dysart's words, "comprehend the system of the watershed as the water travels back to the river."

The sculpture will be on display at the MWMO's Stormwater Park and Learning Center from Feb. 5–19. See details on dates and exhibit hours below.

Opening Event:

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Exhibit Hours:

Feb. 8–19, 2016
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Note: we are closed Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

About the Project:

Aaron Dysart is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The data set used to create the ice sculpture was gathered using bathymetric mapping techniques. The MWMO, Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are partnering on a project to map physical and biological changes in the river over time. Funding for this project was provided the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
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By: Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

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