The sculpture gardens of the North High Bridge Park
The Community Gate Project was dedicated September 11, 2004 in the High Bridge Park North, St. Paul, Minnesota.
The West 7th/Fort Road Federation/District 9 Community Council and Czech and Slovak SOKOL Minnesota dedicated the sculpture commemorating the contributions of Czech and Slovak immigrants and their families in building neighborhoods and businesses in the West End of the City of St. Paul since the 1860's.
This environmentally-sensitive sculpture by artist Craig David incorporated historic, salvaged materials including a baptismal gate from St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church (their national church) and granite curb stones and pavers from St. Paul streets.
Rusalki are found throughout Slavik folklore. They usually inhabit waterways, and at night wait nude in birch trees for their male suitors. Their breasts are large framed by flowing blond hair, and if an unsuspecting male happens upon them, he would be drowned in the nearby water. Other folk legends differed...
Repairs to Community Gate Installation
In mid-April 2012, neighbors were dismayed to find that someone vandalized the sculpture, not once but on two successive weekends. The vandals had chained one of the upright eight-foot curbstones in the installation and pulled it down, probably with a truck. The curbstones, each weighing 1,200 to 1,500 pounds, were hand-hewn from granite blocks in the 1880s and 1890s, and were used to line St. Paul streets. Each of the 13 curbstones has a four-foot footing with steel pins that hold them in place.
In the second act of vandalism the gate was broken from its ornate frame. St. Paul City Councilman Dave Thune sponsored the funding, and Joe Landsberger presented additional information to the Community STAR Board hearing October 12. Of the six proposals, the project was rated highest at 4.7 out of 5 point.
The City of St. Paul Neighborhood STAR Year–Round program announced funding $3,000 towards repair of the Community Gate commemorative art installation in the North High Bridge Park. The award went to the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation, our neighborhood council that sponsored art installations and gardens in the park.