We’ve written about the sculpture trail at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony before — but we hadn’t visited in winter. Or with a 6-week-old infant in tow.
As we discovered yesterday, there are several new “Art on Foot” installations to check out — including Erin Paradis’ Encountering the Subtle Threshold (2021), made of glazed clay, mortar, and steel; and Tom Riefe’s Lighthouse (2020), an aluminum, polycarbonate, vinyl, and rubber sculpture that looks beautiful when the light hits it just so.
Also something we missed the last time we hoofed it here was the tiny gift shop tucked inside the visitor center. (It’s also possible it was closed due to the pandemic.) Among the locally made goods for sale: reclaimed wood jewelry from Melinda Wolff, painted botanical greeting cards by Evergreen & Vine, cedarwood-scented calendula healing salve from Silver Lake Botanicals, and hand-painted wood earrings from SARRA by SARRA in Robbinsdale.
Oh, and bring quarters if you’ve got kids: There is a 50-cent gumball-style vending machine filled with tumbled stones near the entrance. It dispenses rose quartz, lapis lazuli, Tiger’s Eye, and a rainbow’s worth of other jewels for budding rock geeks.
2500 County Rd. E., St. Anthony, MN; 763-694-7707.