By Brett Boese

The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

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RED WING — Since its origin in 2007, Red Wing in Bloom has completed numerous beautification projects throughout the small river city. The initial landscaping and gardening work received national awards, including a Garden's Alive! award for use of green space and wildlife habitat preservation.

The group has planted more than 1,000 trees and 600 shrubs during the past five years, most of which are now in upkeep mode, so the local green thumbs are asking now for help for a project outside of their comfort zone.

A prominent downtown silo owned by Ag Partners has been selected as the "canvas" for an enormous mural that will put a "red wing" on full display for the city. The public is voting until May 16 on three logo options, selected by Red Wing in Bloom. The project could be completed by June.

The design candidates three variations of a red wing as depicted by Red Wing Pottery, Red Wing Shoe and Red Wing Construction. The winner will be turned into an iconic, 80-foot image visible along the Mississippi River by "planes, trains and automobiles," according to board member Donna Dummer, a former mayor of Red Wing.

The mural will be painted by Kyle Holdridge, of Minneapolis, who also created the Kirby Puckett mural at Target Field.

"It's just something fun, another touristy thing to do," she said. "How cool will that be to see coming down the river? We're excited about it."

The mural idea was borne out of a critique delivered by America in Bloom, which noted a distinct "lack of ID or anything that says Red Wing from the river side," said Red Wing in Bloom board member John Anderes.

The group received a $9,000 grant from the Red Wing Area Fund to pay for the simple logo. It will require renting a 65-foot boom to clean and paint the back side of the silo, which is 100 feet tall and 120 feet wide. Anderes hopes to find "a philanthropic construction company" to donate that equipment for approximately two weeks.

Red Wing in Bloom also hopes to capture Holdridge's efforts in a time-lapse video. The process will begin at night with Holdridge essentially tracing the logo outline from a projector beaming the image on the silo.

The logo could be a test run of a far greater project.

Phase II of the idea is to paint something else — a Native American scene or a paddle boat, perhaps — on the front side of the silo. Or the image might be something that wraps all the way around. Details remain sparse on that front. Planning hinges on raising approximately $40,000. Still, the board says it's possible that could all be done by the end of this summer.

"We'd like to wrap a whole mural all the way around (the silo) and the length of it," Anderes said. "That was the initial idea, but this (red wing logo) is a good place to start to make sure everything goes OK."

Red Wing logo silo project has begun

Posted: Jun 09, 2012, 7:35 am

By Brett Boese

The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The Red Wing silo mural project along the Mississippi River is shaping up with the effort of muralist Kyle Holdridge, of Minneapolis.

Holdridge has been working on the Ag Partners silo this week. It's a project sponsored by Red Wing in Bloom as a way to improve the city. The group has planted more than 1,000 trees and 600 shrubs since its creation in 2007.

People were allowed to vote on one of three logos proposed for the project. The logo with the most votes was that of Red Wing Shoe. It received 46 percent of the votes, easily outpacing Red Wing Pottery (34 percent) and Red Wing Construction (16 percent).

The silo is roughly 100 feet tall and 120 feet wide, most of which will be covered by the logo. The project will cost about $9,000 and will be done in a few weeks.