Lake Creature Moves into Local Beach
Minne, a fiberglass dinosaur, has moved into Wirth Beach for the summer.
Beach goers are in for quite a site this year at Wirth Beach. Lurking just beyond the swimming area, a lake creature has claimed the water as its new summer home.
The “creature” is Minne, a 13-foot fiberglass dinosaur that is partially submerged in the lake. Minne, named after her hometown of Minneapolis, was installed in Wirth Lake Wednesday. Minne is a traveling art project sponsored by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.
The grey dino, created by Minneapolis artist Cameron Gainer, appeared for the first time in 2009. Since then “Minne The Lake Creature” has traveled to several other Minneapolis parks, but will call Wirth Park home for the first time.
“Minne has truly captured the imagination of Minneapolis residents and visitors. Children delight and grown-ups wonder in seeing her for the first time, and she continues to captivate even after many sightings,” says Mary deLaittre, President of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. “Public art is like the modern day campfire: community members naturally gather around intriguing, approachable pieces like Minne.”
The lake creature makes its appearance just days before a grand reopening of Wirth Beach. The area was affected by a tornado about a year ago. Renovations are now complete and the public is invited to the grand reopening this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.