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'Nessie' finds home at Hudgens Center

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

DULUTH -- A new creature has taken up residence in the pond at the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden.

Joining the fish, birds and other wildlife that already call the space home, a sculpture of a Loch Ness-type creature with glowing green eyes, who creator Art Vedejs refers to as "Nessie," floated calmly in the pond Thursday evening outside The Hudgens Center for the Arts.

The sculpture is made mostly of Styrofoam and some wood for structural support with high intensity LED lights powered by solar panels that create the green glow of the eyes.

The new addition to the outdoor space was unveiled during Thursday evening's Music in the Garden, a monthly social event sponsored by the Arts League.

"I think it's very dramatic and really just going to get a lot of attention," said garden committee member Virginia Murphy. "I think it's fun. Art should be fun. A lot of educational things happen out here so I'm sure that will get some children to come into the garden."

Members of the garden committee were also honored Thursday for their work in restoring the outdoor space, which is a designated Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary.

Committee members include Murphy, Vedejs, Bill Russell and Jane Montgomery.

The Al Weeks Sculpture Garden is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the garden and arts center is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and free for children younger than 2. The Hudgens Center for the Arts is at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, in Duluth and is a nonprofit arts organization supported through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.

For more information, call the center at 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.org.