4Ground: A Celebration of Valley Creek and David Sprecher Opening AugustAug 21 2022 02:00pm - 04:00pm1553 Stagecoach Trail S., Afton, MN 55001, USA

On left side, hands pouring water. On right side, bison standing in field with large sphere amidst them.

On left side, image of artist, Rachel Frank. On right side, artist depiction of "Roaming Stone." Actual installation will be on Tallgrass Trails.


4Ground: A Celebration of Valley Creek and David Sprecher Opening

Sunday, August 21st
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Begins at Education Site, Ends at Tallgrass Trails

Free event

As part of 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial, we invite you to celebrate Valley Creek, one of our region’s most pristine streams. Participants will visit a woodland that contains a significant portion of the creek and hear from local historian Dr. Kate Thomas and Jean Huelster, Sherri Buss, and and Kim Vukovich. Artist Rachel Frank will lead a re-wilding ceremony that honors the creek and the land surrounding it. Angie Tillges will lead a community poem, "The Longest Poem for the Longest River and it's Tributaries," to help attendees connect personally with the natural landscape. This first part of the event will take place at the Education Site.

Following these activities, we move to Tallgrass Trails where David Sprecher’s "Roaming Stone" will be unveiled. The artist, Sprecher, will speak at 3:30 pm. This long-term installation will reside on Belwin's Tallgrass Trails, honoring the history of the land and celebrating the bison and the generations of people who have traveled through this region. To learn more about "Roaming Stone," read our blog post here.

RSVP Requested.


Major support for 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Fund at the St. Paul and Minneapolis Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Arts Midwest, Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Additional support provided by International Sculpture Center, ArtTable, and Sculpture Milwaukee. 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial is a program of Franconia Sculpture Park.

The installation and opening of “Roaming Stone” is made possible in part by support from the St. Croix Valley Foundation.


Belwin Education Site, 1553 Stagecoach Trail S., Afton, MN 55001, USA


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