Vining, Minnesota: Vining Sculpture ParkA collection of fun and just big sculptures by local resident Ken Nyberg, whose daughter was a Space Shuttle astronaut.
Visitor Tips and News About Vining Sculpture Park
There's a huge clothespin at the Vining Sculpture Park.[Elizabeth Hughes, 08/17/2011]
This is a great little park with quite an eclectic collection of sculptures and made a nice subject for an HDR photo. The park sits off to one side of a gas station, and the coffee cup sculpture is by itself on the other side. Maybe a location for future additions?[Patrick Volkerding, 07/20/2011]
The coffee cup has been there for over a decade, but expect additions -- Vining seems to like whatever Ken Nyberg sculpts.
Just down the road about a mile are more sculptures in Mr. Nyberg's yard: Sculptures of a blue heron, hummingbird, dog, beaver, rhino.[Henry J Miller, 10/23/2008]
Just wanted to list the current line-up of Ken Nyberg's sculptures one can find in the Vining Sculpture Park: Pliers Squishing Bug; Levitating Pouring Cup of Coffee; Potted Cactus; Deer; Lawn Mower Blade Elephant; Blacksmith; The Big Foot; Cowboy and Saddle; Indian on Horse; "Pretzel;" Alien and Flower; Watermelon and Knife; and Apollo Astronaut.
Well worth the stop -- lots of road cheese all in one convenient tiny town! For more excitement, stop by during Watermelon Days in the summer.[Holly Diestler, 11/01/2005]
Ken Nyberg's day job is building grain elevators. His daughter, Karen, is a Space Shuttle astronaut.
An artist/welder by the last name Nyberg has created some interesting sculptures, mostly from scrap metal, including an elephant made completely from lawnmower blades, a giant clothespin, a lunar landing scene... The local cafe makes good pies.[Dave LeVasseur, 09/12/2005]