“Family” is a three-piece sculpture made of steel rods that represent a father, mother and child. Russell Erickson created the work in 1978 and it sat in front of the FDA building in Minneapolis until 2004 when the building was being torn down. Erickson was asked to move the sculpture and it eventually found a new home at the Como Zoo across from Seal Island.
Apparently the original plan was to give the sculpture a more permanent home in front of the Como Park Conservatory, but as of 2008 “Family” still sits across from Seal Island.
Update: “Family” was removed in the fall of 2011 and returned to the artist as Como Park was doing work in the area. No word on if the piece will return to public display.