The morning of Saturday, May 16, a small group of veteran volunteers from the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, will remove the current exhibition of sculptures to prepare the bases for this year’s installation of the public art tour. Twenty-four new sculptures are scheduled to be installed in the City Center of Mankato and North Mankato on Saturday, June 13.

This has been a unique and challenging year for the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. Several sculpture walk programs across the Midwest have cancelled or postponed their exhibitions due to COVID-19. These decisions have had a ripple effect on the artworks that were slated to be a part of the 2020 sculpture tour in Mankato. However, the CityArt Committee made the decision to continue the Mankato exhibition in order to help downtown businesses and provide the public a safe and fun outdoor experience.

“In these difficult times, the CityArt committee wants to ensure that our City Center continues to be a beautiful and vibrant place for community members to enjoy. This year’s sculpture installation will help achieve that. We are very grateful to the many talented artists who are providing their wonderful art this year and know the public will enjoy the creative, interesting, and variety of pieces on the 2020 tour,” said Tami Paulsen, CityArt Committee Chairperson.

CityArt is an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato. Local, regional and national artists submit their sculptures to CityArt in the fall and selected sculptures are installed and exhibited in the program for nearly one year. During that time, the sculptures are eligible for various artistic awards and prizes and are also promoted to the public for sale or lease. For additional information, visit cityartmankato.com.