29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074
Some 120 structures of steel, wood, and fiberglass cover the 43 acres of Franconia Sculpture Park, each with a story to tell. This ambitious public art project began in 1996, and over the years has transformed into a full-fledged artist community and free park.
Franconia offers an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of monumental sculpture, many of which you can touch, feel, and experience. Within the playful environment, you will discover serious art at work and artists-in-residence who invite you to engage with their creations.
Franconia hosts workshops every year for kids, and every August, the park welcomes crowds for its Hot Metal Pour, when artists cast pieces late into the night. The public is invited to watch and create molds for their own small sculptures.
The park also offers 60 and 90 minute informational tours for a small fee.
Tour info: http://www.franconia.org/tour.html
Learn more: http://www.franconia.org/
During the summer, there are always a couple of artists making their sculptures on-site, so visitors can observe it all.