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October 27, 2003 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 30, 2007
By: Linda Koutsky
Linda Koutsky

A guide to art, architecture and cultural curiosities

'Flying Eagle' by Gwynn Murrill

Target Corporation headquarters, 1000 Nicollet Mall While the honking sounds of Canada Geese echo overhead, take a moment to appreciate Minnesota's natural history. Recently unveiled in the 10th Street entrance of Target's headquarters, this towering bronze sculpture is a welcome addition to the growing collection of art along Nicollet Mall.

A craggy, pockmarked, limbless tree trunk rises out of the smooth stone floor like a long-dead swamp stump. Its textural surface shifts in color for an aged patina. Higher up than an escalator ride, the trunk levels off making a good perch.

Gracefully landing with outstretched wings is a large, shiny, black, smooth-as-the-air-currents eagle. Be sure to notice the contrast between the aged tree trunk and the aerodynamic eagle.

Internationally known sculptor Gwynn Murrill was born in 1942 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Murrill is known for realistic yet simplified sculptures of animals. Her subjects have included wolves, tigers, cougar, coyotes and deer -- either alone or in groupings.

Murrill is the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grant and a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She's had solo exhibits in galleries and museums across the country and has work in corporate collections, including TransAmerica in San Francisco and the American Embassy in Singapore.

This soaring bronze sculpture looks terrific in the sparse two-story lobby surrounded by warm Kasota stone and honey-colored wood. Be sure to ride the escalator to watch the shifting perspectives on this stately sculpture.

LUNCH TIP: Try Thai today, across the street at Sawatdee.

Thank you, John Trulen, for sending this tip to: thelunchtimetourist@hotmail.com.