Things Are Looking Rosy in Roseville

A new public art initiative inspires D.I.Y. scavenger hunts

Roses are red, except when they’re blue, and planted in Roseville by TivoliToo! OK, so we won’t give up our day jobs to become poets any time soon. But we are stoked to tell you about “Roseville in Bloom,” a free public art project organized by Visit Roseville.

The project kicked off on July 1, so it’s likely you’ve already seen some super-sized roses popping up in your Instagram feed. And when we say super-sized, we mean it: Each flower stands nearly seven feet tall, measures 100 inches around its blossom, and weighs 658 pounds.

“inSPIREd by Minnesota” by Visit Roseville and TivoliToo at Spire Credit Union

The roses are stationed at businesses throughout Roseville, which is just 10 minutes from both Minneapolis and St. Paul. There are 20 sculptures total, each one built by TivoliToo, the local company behind those cute Peanuts on Parade statues, and decorated by a different regional artist.

The blue beauty pictured above, and displayed outside the SPIRE Credit Union (1800 Perimeter Dr.), showcases the handiwork of Team Tivoli and Visit Roseville. Other participants include Christopher Straub, Kao Lee Thao, Jill Osiecki, and Shakun Maheshwari.

“The Value of Education” by Cora Hays at Kids in Need Foundation

Of special note: “The Value of Education” rose parked at Roseville’s Kids In Need Foundation (2719 Patton Rd). The theme, designed by children’s book painters Cora Hays, depicts science, history, English, and other subjects. And there couldn’t be a better time than right now to visit it. The non-profit organization, which donates school supplies to kids and teachers in need, is holding a big supply drive. Drop-offs are accepted Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at KINF’s headquarters in Roseville, or you can make a donation online at kinf.org.

These beguiling roses will remain on view through October 31. To design your own crawl, download a free rose map online or visit Rosedale Center. There’s even a digital scavenger hunt: Just scan the QR sticker on the base of each sculpture to unlock deals at local businesses. Keep your mask on and it’s the perfect socially distanced activity!

Need more inspiration? Hop over to our IG story to learn more about some of our favorite flowers. 🌹

This post was sponsored by Visit Roseville. Minnevangelist retained editorial control of the content.

“Blossoming Tesserae” by Daniela Bianchini at Rosewood Office Plaza

“Harmony In Nature” by Jill Osiecki at Fairfield Inn Roseville

“Hmong Story Cloth” by Kao Lee Thao at DoubleTree by Hilton in Roseville

“Rosewood” by Lili (Payne) Lennox at Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

“Aurora Borealis” by Aimee Fierke at McGough Construction

“Color & Culture” by Shakun Maheshwari at McCarrons Lake