Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Art shed February 10, 2017

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THE AGED SHED STANDS as a canvas along Olmsted County Road 1 for artwork that reminds me of the 1960s.




Peace signs and LOVE. Stand by me. The sun will come out.

If I knew the story behind the art, the words, the artists, I’d tell you. But I don’t.

This shed is situated on private property between Pleasant Grove and Simpson, south of Rochester, near Root River County Park. Driving northbound, you’d miss it hidden by trees. Southbound I just barely caught the flash of color through nature’s cover.




Whatever the story, I am intrigued. I don’t consider this graffiti. It’s art and poetry, emotions expressed. All those hearts and peace symbols point to soulful individuals who care deeply, live joyfully and love life.


If you know the story about this art, I’d love to hear from you.

Note: These photos were taken in October, long before winter’s arrival in Minnesota.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “Art shed”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    isn’t it fun to find little discoveries like this off the beaten path? Just like those old dilapidated buildings this one makes me wonder what the story is behind it. Fun pictures.

  2. Jackie Says:

    As much as I’ve traveled these roads I have never spotted this gem. Great catch Audrey! Right smack dab in the middle is the name “Ehryn”, I love that spelling of the common name Erin (Aaron)

  3. Aaron Says:

    If there are any nearby houses you could ask them about it, or make up a story. If I told the story it’d be a group of friends- maybe they were hippies, and the shed is like their time capsule

  4. Don Says:

    Interesting shed! Looks like someone has taken care of it over time as there looks to be a flag in the upper right hand corner that is still in moderately good shape. Next to the flag it looks like a drawing of and old instamatic camera with a flashcube on it with the word “smile” painted on the corner of the shed under the flag. The painting (with the bird) looks like a family crest.

    Wow I think I have too much time on my hands this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Littlesundog Says:

    I wonder how beautiful the patina will be as the paint weathers? Fading, flaking, and rusting material has a beauty of its own.

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    As always your keen eye finds the unforgotten and unseen to share with readers and yes a definite 60’s creation
    Happy Early Valentine Greetings

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