Virginia, Minnesota: Sawed-Off Sawyer Sculpture

Gareth Andrews and Byron Kesanen used steel to create a worker sharpening a giant saw blade.
Address:
N 6th Ave., Virginia, MN
Directions:
Between Virginia Lake and Silver Lake along N 6th Ave. in Rotary Park.
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The Sawyer

I don't claim to know anything about sculpture -- but if I had seen this when I was young, maybe I would have been inspired to try my hand at it! It seems to have a message, but a mysterious message, and open to interpretation. The Sawyer is apparently filing an edge on a sawmill-sized saw blade that has morphed out of a large white pine log. Timber was probably the resource that initially drew white men to this area, and then iron ore was its claim to fame. So the sculpture reveals a lot of the history of this place in a single piece of art. Very clever and fascinating!

[David, 10/20/2020]

Sawed off Sawyer.

Sawed-Off Sawyer Sculpture

1998 steel sculpture by artists Gareth Andrews and Byron Kesanen of a traditional sawyer sharpening his giant saw blade.

[Kathy Schorder, 08/03/2011]

... and apparently in no need of a pair of legs.


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