Sisterworks by Carol Yasko

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Sculptor Carol Yasko created “Sisterworks” in 1985 on a traffic triangle along West Seventh Street in St. Paul. The sculpture is made up of three rock formations that rise up out of the ground and a path between them. It could probably be described as an earthworks sculpture (on a small scale) and is probably one of the rare examples of such artwork in the Twin Cities. The way the grass continues to grow right up the slope of the backside of each formation makes the work appear almost natural.

Unfortunately what could have been an interesting interaction between bus riders (there’s a stop directly in front of the sculpture) and public art is ruined by a lack of upkeep. The ground between the rock formations is strewn with trash and the grass needs to be mowed. The sculptures are also marred with graffiti. What was an interestingly unnatural rock formation becomes eerie and almost scary without proper upkeep. In its current state this is a good reminder of the need for proper upkeep for public art.

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