Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Park art August 8, 2017

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THE POSTCARD STYLE MURAL pops color in to the mini shelterhouse at Lions Park in Waterville.

But it’s more than that. The painting by Kimberly Baerg also provides a snapshot glimpse of this southeastern Minnesota resort and farming community.




Examine the details and you will see a tractor, a canoe, a buggy, a train. All important in the history of this town.




This mini mural is an example of how a little artistic ingenuity, effort and paint can transform an otherwise plain cement block wall in to a canvas that promotes a place, shares history and pops with community pride.

Well done, Waterville.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “Park art”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    That is really a neat mural. I love those old timey postcards myself so this would have definitely caught my eye. Kudos to the artist and the town for making an ordinary shelter something extraordinary.

  2. Valerie Says:

    This is a great mural…I’ll have to look for it next time I’m in Waterville. We sometimes bike there on the trail.

  3. Nice! Your posts are so well done Audrey! Your photography helps, it’s awesome too!

  4. I love this! It’s always fun to see something historically significant in the towns that I have visited. It’s a big improvement over abandoned buildings that could have been saved

  5. Jackie Says:

    Murals are becoming very popular, a great outlet for many artists! This is a beautiful Mural.

  6. Thank you for your kind words. This was definitely a labor of love! It was fun to research the town, and really dig into the history. My favorite (and most difficult) part to paint was the locomotive. (The number on the train is my wedding anniversary 😉 ) – Kimberly

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