Nature’s Inner Light by Russell Erickson

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Created in 1986, this 18-foot-tall sculpture by Russell Erickson is located in the parking lot of the Springbrook Apartments in Fridley, Minn. More apartment complexes should have sculpture in their parking lots. It’s not even located in the front of the complex like some attractive, signature piece. You have to drive halfway around to the back and then all of a sudden–art.

Like most of Russell Erickson’s work, its current state is a bare star burst structure made from rusty metal rods. But according to the Smithsonian art inventory (which appears to be updated in 1995) the work is missing the “raised bed of evergreens and annual flowers” and I’m not seeing “Italian lights are stretched across the sculpture.” The shrubbery would have been a nice addition and would hide the ugly cement base. The lights would have added an interesting dimension.

What do you think?