The spring of 2013 will bring not only melted snow, growing plants, and warmer weather, but also the reveal of an anticipated sculpture in front of the Chisago Lakes Library. The sculpture is being formed by Ian Dudley, a local sculptor who has works at the Bell Museum in Minneapolis and other spots around the United States.
Dudley is working on a statue of Nellie Gustafson, a Lindstrom based midwife who delivered hundreds of babies in the area around the early 1900’s. Her imporatance to the community at the time helped grow the population and ensure mothers had safe deliveries. The statue will feautre her seated in a buggy; her likeness is being recreated by Dudley based on old images and print journals, some based from her native Sweden. The statue is slowly coming to life as sections of the bronze statue were recently cased at a foundry in Osceola.
This bronze statue project was funded by the MN Arts Legacy Amendment and library funding. Aside from the Gustafson statue, Dudley is also contracted to erect three more bronze statues of Lindstrom forefathers. He will have a busy 2013.
With spring around the corner, art lovers and those who appreciate a sense of history will get a look at the first of four statues from Dudley honoring those who helped prosper the Chisago County area. This is just another reason to get out and visit the Chisago Lakes Library this spring.