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Woodland Caribou "visiting" Grand Marais parks

Anyone wandering around Grand Marais in recent days may have been surprised by a new creature inhabiting the city's park areas. Three locations are now home to an interesting art installation that seems to fit perfectly in the landscape. Appearing ready to browse in Harbor Park in downtown Grand Marais and at the municipal campground/recreation area are some life-size woodland caribou. 
The animals, crafted carefully of natural materials are the creation of Corrie Steckelberg of Hovland. The exhibit, titled Once and Future was installed throughout the city on Thursday, April 29.
The installation has been a long time coming. The concept was approved by the Creative Economy Collaborative, which is the arts advisory board for the city, and by the Grand Marais Park Board and finally the City of Grand Marais back in 2019. 
Steckelberg received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for the woodland caribou project, which is purposely temporary. The caribou are filled with soil and seed and as the weather warms, their appearance will change.