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Two years later and the geese are still handing the City of Northfield its ass

Exactly one year ago yesterday, I blogged about the lack of progress in the City’s effort to control the problem of Canada geese shitting in Ames Park, Riverside Park, Babcock Park, and Sesquicentennial Plaza.  I suggested a solution (Border Collies), other suggestions emerged in the discussion thread, and the Northfield News drew attention to the problem with an article, editorial, and letters to the editor.

Canada geese in Riverside Park near Village on the Cannon Canada geese in Riverside Park near Village on the Cannon Canada geese in Riverside Park near Village on the Cannon
But as you can see from these photos of Riverside Park this week, the problem is worse than ever. Are condo owners at Village on the Cannon pissed? Not only are the geese spoiling their ‘front yard’ and adjacent walking trails, they are likely hurting the sales of condos. Ironically, on their association’s home page, they feature a photo of the geese on the Cannon River. Oy.

Geese shit in Ames Park Canada geese in Babcock Park Geese shit on Sesquicentennial Plaza Geese shit on Sesquicentennial Plaza Geese shit on Sesquicentennial Plaza
It’s just as bad in Ames Park and in and around the Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge in Babcock Park. It’s especially bad on Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza. I wonder if Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson knows what the geese are doing to the granite pavers surrounding his ‘Harvest’ sculpture?

I waved Northfield Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) chair Nathan Knutson over to my corner office at GBM yesterday and told him I had just taken photos of the problem. He said the issue came up at the PRAB retreat recently and that they were considering what to do.  I don’t see anything about it their recent minutes and agendas but I hope this blog post will help focus attention on the problem.

Poems: Got a favorite?

Goose on the Cannon River 
I took this photo yesterday morning of a lone goose slowly paddling up river past the Harvest sculpture. And it reminded me of one of my favorite poems.

The Wild Geese

Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmon
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer’s end.  In time’s maze
over the fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves.  We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed’s marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes.  Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here.  And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear.  What we need is here.

Wendell Berry (Collected Poems 1957-1982)

What’s a favorite poem of yours?

Photo album: Harvest documentary premiere

Paul Krause and Ray Jacobson At the Northfield High School last Thursday night, Paul Krause previewed his new documentary of Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson’s Harvest sculpture.

Wes Jones, president of Casting Creations of MinnesotaAmong the attendees: Wes Jones, president of Casting Creations of Minnesota, the art foundry in Howard Lake, MN where the bronze casting of Harvest was done.  Wes has a future in comedy.

See my album of 9 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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‘Harvest’ documentary premieres this week

Alyssa Ford, Paul Krause, Ray JacobsenRay Jacobsen, Alyssa Ford, Paul KrauseA week or so ago, local filmmaker Paul Krause, Dancing Sun Multimedia, previewed his new documentary, Harvest, for local media, including freelancer Alyssa Ford who’s doing a story on it for the Star Tribune this week. I weaseled my way into Paul’s studio in downtown Northfield for a photo and a sneak preview.

Harvest” chronicles the creation of Ray Jacobson’s sculpture of the same title. From the initial drawings to the final installation on the riverfront, the film reveals every step required to craft the three thousand pound, bronze sculpture.

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Harvest sculpture arrives on Water St. promenade

Ray 'Jake' Jacobson's 'Harvest' sculpture Ray 'Jake' Jacobson's 'Harvest' sculpture Ray 'Jake' Jacobson's 'Harvest' sculpture

I didn’t realize it but Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson’s ‘Harvest’ sculpture was placed on the Water St. promenade yesterday around noon. Jake told me back in August that it would likely be mid-October.  See Ray Cox’s Northfield Construction Company blog post for details on the move. (Dang! Scooped by my client.)

Will there be an official installation ceremony?

MOM gives ‘Harvest’ sculpture a temporary home

Harvest sculturePaul Krause and Jake JacobsonHarvest scultureHarvest sculture Jake Jacobson and Harvest sculpture

Ray “Jake” Jacobson was on hand to watch his ‘Harvest’ sculpture get installed in front of the Malt-O-Meal plant on Hwy 19 yesterday. It’s due to ultimately be installed at the new 5th St. and Water parking lot/pedestrian promenade when that’s completed sometime next year, part of the Streetscape plan. For more details, see my Aug. 12 blog post and slideshow when Jake spoke to the NDDC forum. (Click photos to enlarge. Two on the right, courtesy of Sue Hvistendahl.) 

Update 11/18: Ray Cox has a post on his Northfield Construction Company blog about working with Jake to prepare the base for the sculpture.

‘Harvest’ sculptor Jake Jacobson presents at NDDC forum

86 year-old Ray “Jake” Jacobson presented his ‘Harvest’ sculpture at last Tuesday’s NDDC forum. It’s due to be installed when the new 5th St. and Water parking lot/pedestrian promenade is completed. See the album or this slideshow:

Also see this March 30 Northfield News article by Dan Iverson titled ‘Harvest’ is a defining work for Jacobson for details.

The design is based off the main essentials of a wheat stem. The repetitious quality of wheat in nature is reflected in the piece providing a degree of predictability while the complex and abstract form creates an element of surprise. Open to the potential of accidents, Jacobson cultivated the piece until he arrived at its current design which is also reminiscent of a wheat shock. The sculpture is embellished with relief carvings of wheat heads and mill stones countered with medallions emphasizing Northfield’s history and its agrarian roots, including a piece devoted to the sesquicentennial as well as Jacobson’s imagery of the Ames Mill and the Cannon River.