Adopt-a-River Found Objects Sculpture Locations

The trip that stirs you to organize your own river cleanup

All the following found-object sculptures were created for the Minnesota State Fair. They were constructed from cleanups on local river bank sites for the DNR Adopt-a-River program. For 21 years (1994 to 2014), new sculptures were exhibited each year at the DNR Park.

If you want to see all 21 of sculptures, they can be seen on the Adopt-a-River State Fair sculptures website.

After the fair, each new sculpture was either re-cycled or re-located into the community. The following seven sculptures are on display in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.


Photo of the found object sculpture called Homegrown, when exhibited at the 2013 Minnesota State fair.

Created: 2013

Artist: Andrew Vomhof

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road
Fridley, MN 55432 Map it.


It represents a tree with a trunk made of twisted tires and leaves of green pop bottles, all on a welded steel frame. Promotional events at the center focus upon this community-adopted display. Get a scavenger hunt quiz sheet at the Center for the Arts.



Photo of the found object sculpture called Scuttled, when exhibited at the 2012 Minnesota State fair.

Created: 2012

Artist: Andrew Vomhof

MN DNR Central Region Headquarters
1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106 Map it.


It consists of a scuttled boat found at a river cleanup, featuring a sail of plastic bottles and sailor monkeys, all on a watery surface simulated by woven strips of tires. Get a scavenger hunt quiz sheet from the receptionist.


Union: a Deer and Two Herons

Photo of the found object sculpture called Union, when exhibited at the 2011 Minnesota State fair.

Created: 2011

Artist: Raina Belleau

Mississippi River Visitor and Learning Center
200 Monroe St.
Prescott, Wisconsin 54021 Map it.


It consists of a deer with two herons nesting in its antlers. A scavenger hunt sheet is available from the Visitor and Learning Center to identify items on the sculpture.


Nature's Engineer, the Beaver

Photo of the found object sculpture called Nature's Engineer the Beaver, when exhibited at the 2010 Minnesota State fair.

Created: 2010

Artists: Chip Addington and Caylon Hackwith

Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111 Map it.


Fort Snelling State Park is located on Post Road off State Highway 5, just west of the main terminal exit for the International Airport. Pass the contact station and follow signs to the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center. Find it between the parking lot and Visitor Center. The sculpture is a see-through beaver with a tail carved from a massive chunk of rubber from a very large tire found along the river. A scavenger hunt quiz sheet for the beaver at the Visitor Center.


The Industrious Cooperative Ant

Photo of the found object sculpture called the Industrious, Cooperative Ant, when exhibited at the 2008 Minnesota State fair.

Created: 2008

Artist: Rabi Sanfo.

Wild Flower Levee Park
Mississippi River Regional Trail
South St. Paul, MN 55075 Map it.


Located along the Mississippi River at Wild Flower Levee Park, on the Mississippi River Regional Trail north of the I-494 Wakota Bridge and just south of the Spiral Bridge at Grand and Hardman avenues. This is a highly realistic rendition of a 9-foot-long, rusting ant. It is within view of several of the Adopt-a-River riverboat cleanup zones on the Mississippi River. This site is accessible only by the trail on the river levee. Parking is available at the DNR Public Water Access on Verderosa Ave.


Dragon Fly

Photo of the found object sculpture called Dragon Fly, when exhibited at the 2006 Minnesota State fair.

Created: 2006

Artists: Paul Byer

River Flats Park
1350 Lock and Dam Rd.
Hastings, MN 55033 Map it.


Located on the Hastings River Walk, just west of the Hwy. 61 bridge, in River Flats Park along the Mississippi River downstream from the lock and dam, in Hastings, MN. This piece features a delicately set of latticed wing welded together from a shopping cart basket. After the state fair, this piece was at Maltby Science Center near Northfield. When that facility was sold, the piece was claimed by the City of Hastings.


Red Alert

Photo of the found object sculpture called Red Alert, when exhibited at the 2002 Minnesota State fair.

Created: 2002

Artists: Al Wadzinsky

Goodwill-Easter Seals parking lot
1845 University Ave
St. Paul MN 55104 Map it.


Opposite the Green Line light rail station on the north side of University Avenue west of Fairview Avenue in St. Paul, between 1845 University Av. and the Goodwill-Easter Seals parking lot. The sculpture can be seen from the light rail platform, looking towards the north. This sculpture was installed using a Legacy grant, after the fair, for art associated with St. Paul sidewalks.