Saturday, June 12, 2010

"The Edge"

This morning we drove our grandson to a one-day basketball shooting baskets summer camp at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. At the entrance to the Lunds Community Center stands this sculpture by Paul Granlund, dedicated to the Lunds family for their dedication and support of the college. The spacious center has beautiful gymnasiums and exercise facilities with a fantastic swimming pool!

Paul Granlund, the artist: His Life

Paul T. Granlund, sculptor-in-residence at Gustavus Adolphus College from 1971 until his retirement in 1996, died on Sept. 15, 2003, in Mankato, Minn. In a creative career spanning more than 50 years and more than 650 works, he had been recognized as a premier sculptor throughout the United States and abroad. His figurative bronze sculptures have been installed in public and private settings from Australia to Italy to India, from Minneapolis to Hong Kong.

Granlund won several major competitions for his work, including the Minnesota Governor's competition for a Vietnam War memorial, the Dubuque (Iowa) Five Flags Plaza Bicentennial sculpture competition, and the "International Year of the Adolescent" sculpture competition sponsored by the Wilson Center of Fairbault, Minn. His work has been exhibited at more than 70 one-man shows in galleries and museums in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and several other cities. In 1987 his sculpture of Charles A. Lindbergh was installed at Le Bourget Field in Paris. Constellation Earth, an eight-foot sphere celebrating the global family, was placed in Peace Park in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1992. Closer to home, castings of his sculptures have been installed at the State Capitol and the World Trade Center in St. Paul, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, at St. Olaf College in Northfield, at the Mayo House in LeSueur, and at Immanuel-St.Joseph's Hospital in Mankato, as well as in a number of churches in the region. More than 30 of his creations have been placed on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus, including the friezes and doors of Christ Chapel.


  1. This is a really nice work. It seems to have a lot of energy!

  2. Thank you for showing us this graceful sculpture. Nicely composed, Kate.

  3. It is good to see some sculpture where you can understand forms and proportions.

  4. Such a graceful, action filled sculpture. Very nice.

  5. Beautiful piece of work there.
    - Mindless Mumbai

  6. superbe sculpture, on dirait un danseur

  7. Anonymous9:16 AM

    Boy, it seems like I see Paul Granlund sculptures EVERYWHERE in the cities. It's kind of funny. I wonder how many he's got in just the metro area? I hadn't seen this one before..


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