Paul Krause premieres his latest work, “Rain on Mars – Northfield Young Sculptors” at the Northfield High School Theater. The film documents the creation of the sculpture of the same name that now resides on Division street in front of the Northfield Public Library.
Paul followed the thirteen students for ten months as they worked diligently to make this happen. A great story of cooperation and mutual respect.
Beginning in 2011, the Northfield Arts & Culture Commission and the Northfield Public Schools began to collaborate with the goal of increasing visibility and value for the arts through the addition of public sculpture to the community. For three years now the Northfield Public Schools and the Arts and Culture Commission have received an Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for a high school sculpture project.
The Young Sculptors Project is made up of a team of artists including high school student artists, an established Northfield sculptor, and a college student apprentice. The artist and students meet to work weekly on the Young Sculptors Project sculpture in a classroom location at Northfield High School until May each year. The sculpture is then installed by the City of Northfield on a base in front of the Public Library. The artwork is displayed for one year and then moved to a courtyard sculpture garden at Northfield High School near the previous SEMAC sculptures.