At the beginning of March, my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary by ditching the kids and taking a road trip to Sioux Falls, SD. Sven (my selfie stand-in) came along to help me document the trip with photos.
Here we are, waiting patiently for our morning coffee before we hit the road:
We arrived in town pretty early so we had some time to see the sights before we checked into the hotel. We ate some delicious sushi at a restaurant downtown and stopped at a little bakery to get some cupcakes for dessert later. We noticed there were a lot of sculptures scattered around the downtown area, and I thought it would be fun to take pictures of Sven with them, but we decided to wait until after we got checked into our hotel.
Sven was mighty impressed with our hotel room. To be honest, so was I; it was nicer than a lot of apartments where I’ve lived:
After checking into our hotel room, we enjoyed a nice swim in the hotel pool before heading back downtown to Washington Square, where we had tickets for the Empty Bowls fundraiser. We each got to choose one of the myriad lovely bowls that had been handmade just for this event (Sven and I shared), and ate our fill of delicious soups, breads, and mini cupcakes which were provided by sponsoring restaurants. Here is one of several tables lined with bowls for the attendees to choose.
Sven had a hard time choosing just one
Afterwards we spent some time checking out the art galleries at Washington Square. Then we decided to go see a movie, because when you’re out of town without the kids, it seems like a wasted opportunity if you don’t go out and do stuff, right?
In the morning we drove down to Falls Park. None of the buildings were open but we did get to see the eponymous Sioux Falls. It was a warmish day, so the water was actually flowing around the ice in some places.
On our way back to the car we saw this sculpture, which Sven decided was just dying for a little company.
American Farmer by Sondra Jonson
Next we decided to go back to Washington Square and take photos of the sculptures around the area. At first I didn’t think to get the names and artists of the sculptures, so I’m just going to have to make up some names for these.
By Martin Eichinger
This one was right next to Off Kilter, but I couldn’t find it on the Sculpture Walk website. For now I’m just going to call it “Whatcha Reading?”
title and artist unknown
By Dale Lewis
Sven really liked this one. He actually made me stop on the way back to the car and take his picture with it again.
By Ken Newman
By Martin Eichinger
Walrus and Calf
By Dollores Shelledy
Sven was a little disappointed that he couldn’t reach the pedals on this one. Maybe one day when he’s all grown-up.
Fat Tire #4
By Lance Carleton
This one is not technically part of the Sculpture Walk. It was in front of a bank which just happened to be near some of the other sculptures.
Not part of the Sculpture Walk, we just liked it
Sven and I don’t really “get” a lot of modern art, but we did enjoy the lines of this piece.
Zinger by Gregory Johnson
By Gary Monaco
By Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh
Bacchus by Sherri Treeby
World's Her Canvas by Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby
By Martha Pettigrew
By Bobbie Carlyle
The Eagle and The Hawk
By Joellen Domenico
And to bookend the whole trip, here is Sven, once again posing with his favorite sculpture:
Taking Attendance (again)
So there you have it. We certainly enjoyed our time in Sioux Falls, and I’m looking forward to the next sculpture walk. Maybe we will make it an annual trip. If you’d like to learn more about any of these sculptures or the Sculpture Walk, check out their website.