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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.