I attended yesterday’s dedication ceremony for the ‘Harvest’ sculpture. Included are 3 photos of the fountain on Bridge Square because A) it, too, was created by sculptor Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson; and B) the crowd for the dedication was visible from it.
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.)
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:
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.