Stickwork “Lean On Me” at CSB / JSU

Buildings & Architecture / Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Photo Dec 26, 1 30 08 PM

This #mnbucketlist-er is no longer standing, as of today. The woven willow and ironwood lays in ash as the all-natural structure slowly decayed over the three and a half years it stood – a whole year more than expected, drying so well that the flames lasted only fifteen minutes. Because the Stickwork sculpture “Lean on Me” at the St Johns University Arboretum was such a tourist attraction, Explore Minnesota included it in its state wide scavenger hunt as one of twelve check points. Stella Maris Chapel, located on the grounds, served as North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty’s inspiration and with the help of 300 volunteers, the structure (made of saplings harvested and collected from St. John’s Abbey Arboretum) was completed in September of 2012. The edifice that used to reside just along Stearns County Road 159 just outside of campus is now an open prairie.

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