_[ (Minne the Lake Creature) is doing well.
Like you, we were deeply concerned about the condition of the sculpture after learning about how she was being treated during her short stay in Lake Calhoun. (Read the press release.)
We removed Minne from the situation as soon as we could. We know that Minne‘s departure seemed abrupt and are sad that opportunities to visit her were lost. So many of you told us on Facebook, Twitter and our blog that you will miss her. We wish everyone who wanted to engage with Minne this summer had that chance, but she is now in a safe place where she will be well cared for in preparation for her 2016 return.
After taking a look at Minne yesterday, we are relieved to report that the underlying structure of the nearly 10-year-old sculpture appears as tall and proud as ever. Minne does have considerable surface damage, however – most notably a significant break in the fiberglass “skin” along the spine, as well as multiple cracks and chips.
Artist Cameron Gainer’s craftsmanship is remarkable to have withstood aggressive treatment. Cameron constructed Minne out of airplane grade fiberglass over high-density non-porous foam and finished her with specialized marine paint. For all Minne’s whimsy, she’s truly a high-tech work of art.
Our next step is to conduct a full inspection with a conservator, in consultation with Cameron. At this point, we can’t say how long it will take to repair Minne or what it will cost, but we do know that it will be a significant investment of both time and money.
Our goal remains to have Minne back on the water and in your hearts next summer. We could use your help. Please consider making a donation to Minne’s fund here at the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. A gift of even $10 will go a long way to ensuring that she’ll return safe and sound and soon! Thank you!!