Sven and the art of anniversaries

29 Mar

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:
Sven waiting for coffee

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:
It's a really nice hotel room, but I guess you will just have to take my word for it.

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.


Off Kilter
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


Trojan Horse
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.


Taking Attendance
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


Friesian Rearing
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.


Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Life in General


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3 responses to “Sven and the art of anniversaries

  1. Fargo Jones (@FargoEscapee)

    March 30, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Happy anniversary! Also, how was the movie? We were planning to go to that one cause we loved the first one, but heard some tepid reviews.

    • karifur

      March 30, 2015 at 8:21 am

      We enjoyed the movie. It was predictable, yes, but still enjoyable. Many laughs and some tears. I wanted to punch a couple of characters sometimes but mostly they redeemed themselves in the end. And of course there were some great Bollywood-style dance numbers. If you enjoyed the first one, then I think you will enjoy this one too.

    • karifur

      March 30, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Then again, I am pretty easy to please when it comes to movies. I’m no movie critic; I just like to be entertained. 🙂


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