Paul Krause stopped by my corner office at GBM last week to let me know that his Harvest documentary, (which "chronicles the creation of Ray Jacobson’s sculpture of the same title") is scheduled for broadcast on TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) several times in September.
Sculptor Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson died earlier this week.
Services will be next Saturday, May 12, at Carleton’s Skinner Memorial Chapel, on the Carleton campus.
Michael Garlitz at Northfield Patch has a very good summary of Jake’s life:
Jacobson was creator of two of Northfield’s most prominent works of art, the Bridge Square Fountain and the bronze sculpture “Harvest” in the city’s riverfront Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza. He was 91…
Jacobson had been a vital member of Northfield’s art scene since 1955, when he began his teaching career at Carleton College. In addition to teaching art for more than three decades, he designed and constructed public art structures seen throughout Northfield, as well as Minnesota and beyond.
See all my Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson blog posts and photo slideshows of his Northfield-related activities going back to Aug. of 2007.
I noticed workers from the cleaning services boston cleaning out the Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge Square this morning. (Yes, it’ll be ready for today’s 105+ heat index.)
It reminded me that Northfielder Brenton Balvin tweeted this question a couple of weeks ago:
#northfield friends, quick poll: is it ok for kids to wade / walk in downtown fountain?
i’d say not okay on a typical day but I certainly wouldn’t fault anybody for taking a dip today!
I’ve never known it to NOT be okay for anyone to wade in the fountain, kids or adults. I’ve taken more than a few photos of kids wading there, eg, this photo from my Taste of Northfield 2010 album.
But maybe TPTB just look the other way when it happens.
Is there any question on what Ray "Jake" Jacobson would say about folks wading in one of his public fountains?
Harvest sculptor Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson is recovering at Three Links Transitional Care unit from recent back surgery. Paul expects that Jake will soon be back to work on another exciting project for Northfield that he’s got in the works.
Here are three photos from my October 2008 Harvest Sculpture Dedication album:
Philip Spensley, chair of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, was the MC for last night’s Northfield Living Treasures Award Program (PDF) ceremony at the Grand Event Center honoring Myrna Johnson and Ray Jacobson.
- Sam Gett, publisher of the Northfield News, sponsors/underwriters of the award
- Mary Rossing, Northfield Mayor
- Paul Krause, nominator of Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson
- Kathy Rush, nominator of Myrna Johnson
Paul Krause announced during his remarks that Ray Jacobson now has his own website.
Philip Spensley (left), chair of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, stopped by my corner office at the GBM this morning to remind me about Monday night’s big wingding at the Grand Event Center honoring Myrna Johnson and Ray Jacobson, the first two recipients of the Northfield Living Treasures Award Program (PDF). Philip emailed me this info:
The Arts and Culture Commission wishes to invite everyone in the community to a celebration on Monday, Dec 13, at 7 pm, at the Grand, to honor the first two recipients of its newly created Northfield Living Treasure Award. Mayor Mary Rossing will present the award to Ray Jacobson and Myrna Johnson for their generous, significant and lengthy contributions to art and culture in Northfield.
Ray, an internationally renowned sculptor and former Art Professor at Carleton, notably designed and created the stunning and delightful bronze fountain in Bridge Square, as well as the recent "Harvest" sculpture along the riverwalk near the 5th St Bridge which celebrates Northfield’s sesquicentennial.
Myrna was a founder of the Northfield Arts Guild, now 50 years young, which has given opportunity to generations of local professional and amateur artists and performers to showcase their work and to develop their skills. For many years Myrna served as its director of theatre, as a fundraiser, and still continues to serve as its archivist.
The community is warmly invited to celebrate and honor Myrna’s and Ray’s outstanding achievements and service.
Back in the fall of 2008, I blogged some photos of the whimsical bronze sculptures on the Malecón, the oceanside boardwalk in the center of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
I was amazed at the scupltures’ ability to engage people for play and photos.
While at the Como Zoo and Conservatory yesterday, Robbie and I noticed the how the bronze sculpture of Toby the Tortoise on the Zoo Donor Plaza did the same. It was more entertaining watching people interact with the sculpture than it was watching the animals at the zoo which were mostly still inside and mostly napping.
Among 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.
A 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.