It is with great excitement and anticipation that the creator of the Hansen Art Park’s signature sculpture arrives this week. Owen William Fritts, a sculptor from Flagstaff, Arizona will spend the upcoming weeks on-site building the Prairie Grass Ballet.
The sculpture is a direct reference to the grasslands and prairies surrounding Jamestown. Large, aluminum blades of grass have been created in the artist’s studio. These will be embedded in granite. These bases will serve as both anchor for the grasses and public seating. The artist will inscribe the boulders with words drawn from North Dakota writers and poets.
Periodically, there will be opportunities to interact with Fritts, to hear what he is doing and also to watch the progress. Please watch for a schedule in the news. Jamestown Tourism, in coordination with The Arts Center, has installed a time lapse camera to record progress on the sculpture. These images will be shared on our website.
Fritts will be looking for assistance in a variety of tasks associated with the sculpture’s installation. If you are interested in helping, please contact The Arts Center at 701-251-2496. Working on such a project is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all who are involved–be part of making something that will change the character of downtown Jamestown and have a presence in the community for many years.