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Fargo Gets A New Landmark

Fargo Park District & F-M CVB Install Public Art Piece
at Downtown Fargo Depot

The Fargo Park District together with the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau (F-M CVB) today unveiled the newest public art piece in Fargo. The commissioned piece by local artist Steve Knutson has been installed on one of the stationary train cars located at the Park District’s main office building in downtown Fargo. This train car art piece is sure to become the newest iconic landmark in Fargo and will welcome visitors and residents alike to the downtown area.

Downtown Fargo is a vibrant, active community with numerous places to dine, live, play and shop. The Northern Pacific Depot, located at 701 Main Avenue, has been a downtown Fargo landmark since its construction in 1898. Recognizing this, the Fargo Park District and F-M CVB partnered to display public art on the passenger train cars that reside next to the Northern Pacific Depot.

“The Fargo Park District, together with the F-M CVB, is excited to offer this unique opportunity to introduce a public art piece in highly visible location in Fargo,” shared Carolyn Boutain, Director of Cultural Activities at the Fargo Park District. “Our hope is to display a piece that showcases the spirit of our community, the Fargo people and the Downtown area in a setting that is truly ‘North of Normal.’”

A call for artists was sent out in June 2017 seeking an artist with a design that would be epresentative of Fargo and the downtown area. Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee with representation from the Fargo Park District, F-M CVB and The Arts Partnership. The piece selected was created by North Dakota native Steve Knutson, who currently teaches Art at Discovery Middle School and whose work can be seen in various businesses and galleries throughout the state of North Dakota as well as the country, including the Meadowlark and Prairie Rose murals in downtown Fargo. The artwork will be exhibited for at least three years. After that time, the Fargo Park District and the F-M CVB will evaluate the program and make a determination as to the next plan for use of the trains.

Plans are currently underway to create a landscaped viewing area for the piece. Public is invited to stop by and view the piece. Share your selfie using #GreetingsFromFargo.