Learn about the giant pencil sculpture on Lac des Iles
A new sculpture in Lake Of The Isles is a giant pencil #2.
MINNEAPOLIS — If you’re in the Lake of the Islands area and you see a house with a giant pencil in the front yard, you’re not freaking out. It’s a work of art, and Minneapolis owners Amy and John Higgins couldn’t be more proud of this unique creation.
The idea to create the massive wooden sculpture was born about five years ago, when a huge windstorm blew the top of an oak tree that had stood there for over 100 years.
“We started to come up with a big idea,” John said. “My wife (Amy) and I wanted a sculpture and it turned out to be a pencil.”
Not just any pencil, an exact replica of a #2 pencil. It is carved from what remains of the base of the old oak.
It’s a 16-foot-tall creation, with a sharp tip, pink eraser, and of course, that iconic yellow color.
John is very fond of pencils, saying “The number 2 is a classic. As students we took the math tests, we had to fill in the ovals, we wrote letters – maybe a love letter , a poem but the color of a pencil, the feel of a pencil, the sound when you sharpen it, the smell of cedar, there are so many special things about a pencil that we can all relate to.”
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Sculptor Curtis Ingvoldstad of Big Woods Sculpture was commissioned for the piece, and John is quick to praise Curtis as a triple threat.
“He’s an artist, engineer and mathematician all rolled into one” with an understanding of the relationship between the art form and the human eye, John said. “Then he saw it, just like Michelangelo, he saw that pencil in that tree trunk.”
The pencil has been recently sharpened, complementing the overall aesthetic. John hopes to make it an annual tradition, sharpening a foot every year.
“That’s what gives soul to this pencil. It will be a living sculpture.”
To find out more, you can check out the “Lake of the Isles Pencil” website here.
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