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Roseville in Bloom Public Art Project will Fill City with 7’ Tall Rose Statues Designed by Local Artists Including Adam Turman and Christopher Straub
Roseville, MINN. (October 30, 2019) – As Minnesota welcomes the first warm breezes of June and the earliest flowers in the garden, the City of Roseville will be awash in a different kind of rose. Visit Roseville is launching Roseville in Bloom, a free public art project featuring 20 seven-foot tall rose statues that will be decorated and transformed into unique works of art by Minnesota artists and displayed throughout Roseville from June-September 2020. The organization is currently seeking submissions by Minnesota artists (professionals and amateurs) to be the designers of the roses, joining the roster of noted local artists Adam Turman and Christopher Straub who will each design a rose. The rose statues are being created by TivoliToo, the Minnesota company that built the Peanuts on Parade characters that were displayed throughout Saint Paul.
Roseville in Bloom was inspired in part by successful statue events around the world including the Cows in Europe, Peanuts on Parade in Saint Paul and the Donkeys and Elephants in Washington, DC. Visit Roseville created Roseville in Bloom as a way of bringing visitors to the area and showcasing the talent of Minnesota artists. “We have had conversations with the city about installing more key pieces of public art in our amazing parks,” states Visit Roseville CEO Julie Wearn. “Roseville in Bloom kicks that up a notch with roses located throughout the city, allowing visitors and residents an opportunity to go on a treasure hunt to find them and discover all the unique places they are located!”
Each participating artist will receive an honorarium of $2,000 to help cover the cost of materials and execution of the project. Artists wishing to participate are asked to submit three designs by January 31, 2020, showing a front and back view, using the official Roseville in Bloom design template. Design templates and a submission form may be downloaded at https://www.visitroseville.com/in-bloom-design-submission-form/.
The artists and their design themes will be announced in early March and the painting will begin in May. Roseville in Bloom will host a multitude of events throughout the public display period; a replica rose coloring contest for kids at the Roseville Library (where a rose statue generously donated by Maguire Agency will be displayed), a Rose Party for anyone with Rose in their name, a Bee Kind flower power day, plus a school supply drive for Kids in Need Foundation (KNF) by their rose. “We are so pleased to be able to participate in this event and that would not have been possible without Ecolab, Inc funding our rose,” said KNF CEO Jeff Dalhmen. “Hosting the drive in July is perfect timing as we start seeing requests for school supplies in the July/August time period.” The foundation provides free school supplies nationally to kids most in need and is headquartered in Roseville!
Visit Roseville is thankful for local support. The 20 concrete bases—which weigh approximately 500 pounds each—will be supplied by McGough and the statues will be transported by Goodmanson Construction. The roses are set to be delivered to the Fairview Fire Station in mid-May. Artists will have the opportunity to paint their roses in that space over a 7-day period including a weekend Paint-Off event open to the public to watch the artists work. The roses will be displayed in public parks and at businesses throughout Roseville. Other confirmed Roseville in Bloom partners include Spire Credit Union, TPI Hospitality in Roseville, Doubletree by Hilton, City of Roseville and Rice & Larpenteur Alliance.
Roseville in Bloom is free and open to the public to explore the City of Roseville while viewing the creative talents of Minnesota artists. Throughout the four months of the rose displays, Visit Roseville will host free public events at the sites of the rose displays. Events will be announced early in 2020. For more information, visit www.visitroseville.com.
“Gone without regional and national recognition, over the years the City of Roseville has been overlooked and even mistaken for being somewhere in St. Paul. In 2016, the Visit Roseville partnered with DestinationNext to strategically plan and determine priorities for Visit Roseville to pursue in the future to receive more recognition. After taking a self-assessment using an online diagnostic toolkit, Visit Roseville was able to establish a course of action. It was recommended that the city curate a signature event and campaign for better name acknowledgement…”
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Watch Julie Wearn & artist Adem Turman talk about Roseville’s public art event Roseville in Bloom & the 20 7-foot-tall rose statues that will be going up in June 2020 on WCCO Mid-Morning from January 21, 2020.
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If you’re an artist interested in submitting a design download the template & submit your concept(s).