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Celebrate Battle Lake’s new streetscape

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The Battle Lake community invites the public to join a celebration of its new downtown streetscape and public art on Saturday, June 7.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place between 3 and 5 p.m. in front of Lakes Area Community Center, 112 West Main Street. Numerous activities will take place throughout the day.

Public art will be on display on the wider sidewalks. Mosaic art representing the Battle Lake area will adorn benches and planters. More than 130 community members of all ages worked on the 20 panels that represent the community through natural habitat, agriculture and recreation.

The mosaic project was led by local artist Annette Hochstein. Volunteers took more than eight months to complete the project, working a combined total of 1,971 hours.

Artistic bicycle racks created by local metal artist Paul Boyum will be part of the new streetscape. Boyum created four racks to follow Battle Lake themes: corn stalks, fishing poles, cattails and family. He also created two sculptures, a blue heron and cattails, for the planters.

The mosaic activity and metal works were made possible through a $10,000 grant to the city of Battle Lake from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

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