Date created: Jlu 30, 2021
The sculpture, created by by Milligan Studios of St. Paul, is comprised of bronze, steel, and kiln-formed architectural recycled glass can be read from afar as a leaping fish or a river. Up close, one will see a community of diverse fish swimming along in two slipstreams, encircled with intertwining steel arteries representing highways. Slipstream honors Charles Merritt Babcock who developed the Minnesota Highway system and pays homage to the rich history of the city which grew along the Mississippi River whose banks it will enhance.
Slipstream is located at the eastern entrance to downtown Elk River, visible from Highway 10/Main Street/Parrish Avenue on the east side of Granite Shores Luxury Apartments. This public art exhibit was made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, funds from Elk River’s Economic Development Authority, and generous contributions by The Bank of Elk River, First Bank Elk River, Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Gleitz – State Farm Insurance, Forterra and Granite Shores Luxury Apartments.