“Patriotic Spirit” was created by Hutchinson artist Jonathan Kamrath. The statue was donated to the veterans of McLeod County by Keith and Lisa Kamrath as a tribute to all United States military veterans – past, present, and future. “Patriotic Spirit” can be viewed at the McLeod County Veterans Memorial Park.
“My sculptures are focused on Midwest America, specifically the activities of our people and the wild animals that live all around us. My sculptures are life size and the imagery is modern yet representational. My style is fluid and spontaneous, intent upon capturing movement and natural gestures that are typical of each specific subject. With my pieces, you can look into and through them. It creates an interesting dynamic with the positive and negative space. I build in a three dimensional manner, constantly rotating and welding, so the sculpture can be appreciated from every vantage point. The sculptures are made from salvaged and reclaimed steel, making them environmentally friendly.”
Luce Line/Masonic Park (River Song Area)
“Kelsey Wishik is a maker in many mediums–exploring this magnificent existence through art, writing, traveling, and music. Her work has been featured at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and she participates in group and solo exhibitions. When not creating, she might be found picking a stringed instrument, climbing big rocks, or hanging out with her dog, Bruce Wayne. “
“This piece was originally created for an invitational themed Art Exhibition, “Sound”, it was one of the first sculptures in a continuing series of pieces embodying forces of Energy at work in the Universe. Sound, or, vibration, is what all existence is comprised of at the fundamental level. “Seat of Sound” is meant to invite awe into this understanding by serving as a “Zoomed in” abstract musical note, or simple, “energy source”.”
Artist: Heidi Hoy, St. Bonifacius, MN
- West River Park near Riversong Stage
- 4.5’ x 4.5’ x 3’
- Bronze on limestone base
“I strive to capture the beauty, grace and emotion that define the essence of all living beings. My work has become about uplifting the spirit.”
Heidi has had work exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Museum of Art, Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Other public works are on display in Florida, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and throughout Minnesota.
Photo Credit: Jon Otteson
Artist: Les C. Kouba
Located at the Crow River Dam
Undoubtedly, Chief Little Crow is our most famous sculpture. There have been two statues of Chief Little Crow at the Crow River dam site near downtown Hutchinson.
The first was created by Hutchinson native Les C. Kouba in 1937. It was constructed of molded concrete over a metal frame with a copper-plated finish.
In 1982, Kouba was asked to create a new, updated Chief Little Crow statue. He accepted the commission and designed it in bronze.
The original statue can be found at the McLeod County Historical Museum in Hutchinson.
Artist: Robert Wilde, Dassel, MN
Located at AFS Park
Likeness of longtime AFS supporter Jay Beytien and AFS student Arnaud Denis are featured in bronze at the AFS Park just east of the School Road Bridge along the Crew River.
Arnaud, “Tall Friend,” was installed during the summer of 1995, and Jay, “Old Friend,” was installed the summer of 1997.
In Front of the Hutchinson Fire Station
This firefighter statue was dedicated in 2006 to honor all firefighters that have served the Hutchinson community. This statue can be seen at the Hutchinson Fire Station, 205 Third Ave. S.E.