It’s four hundred sixty pounds of solid marble. Four men battled gravity to lift the nearly twenty square foot rectangle of carved artwork to eye level and fasten it to the wall.
If only Paul Bunyan could have been there…wait a minute, he was there! But, this time, Paul’s role in the story was being the main character in the marble carving entitled, ‘Him and His Pancakes’. Brainerd artist, Eric Waller, invested 18 months into the creation of this piece. He agreed to let the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association purchase it from him in December, provided it would be displayed in a location accessible to the public. And that’s exactly where it now hangs.
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are cooperative partners, a relationship that allows for the Exhibit Room space at the Crosslake Corps site to be shared by the two groups. ‘Him and His Pancakes’, now hanging on the wall directly in front of the entry door, greets everyone who enters the Administrative Building. The Exhibit Room, located in that building, is open to the public during regular business hours now and longer hours in the summer.
The task of hanging the carving was handled by Brandon Christle of Christle Window Cleaning. After meeting with Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and USACE representatives, he and partner, Tom Martin, gathered the necessary materials and enlisted the additional man-power to get the job done. Assisting with the heavy lifting were volunteers, Bob and Chad Scharenbroich.
The next step in the process is installing lighting to properly showcase the carving. Artistic lighting consultant, Steve Stricker, has met with the group once and will finish his assessment of the lighting needs, now that the carving is mounted. The goal of the group is to have the lighting installed in time for the summer season.
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