Minne made her way into the hearts and minds of Twin Cities residents as she made her summer foray into Minneapolis Lakes every year from 2009 to 2015.

Originally named ‘_[ ‘ by her creator Minneapolis-based artist Cameron Gainer, she is now called “Minne,” the Dakota word for water.  The sculpture is based on the iconic “Surgeon’s Photo” of 1934 that was presented as “definitive evidence” of the existence of Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness Monster.  It’s one of a trilogy of sculptures created for public places by Gainer, whose public works have been inspired by iconic images drawn from the popular imagination, such as the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and the impact of a massive meteor into the side of a museum.