My wife and I are on a mission to visit all the oversized local landmarks throughout Minnesota. This blog chronicles those visits and covers other related topics.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bunyan News

Brainerd's Babe the Blue Ox, at Paul Bunyan Land, is currently undergoing major renovations. The work began on July 21st and is supposed to be completed within 1 month. Josh Porter of Avalon Studios is the artist in charge of the renovation work.

It's sounds to me like Babe is going through a bit of a mid-life crisis. He hits his 50's and then starts getting major work done. And I thought he had been aging rather gracefully.

Babe the Yellow Ox?
This picture was taken August 3rd.

There's a new Paul in town. This summer a new Paul Bunyan statue was put in place in the Pequot Lakes - Jenkins area. He stands 12'8" tall and was created by Josh Porter. He is located near the intersection of Highway 371 and County Road 16 by the A-Pine Restaurant.

For more information, go here. You can learn about the process for creating Paul here, it includes pictures.

1 comment:

Mykl Roventine said...

Thanks for the info about the new Paul statue. Added to my to-shoot list. I'll be in Brainerd in a few weeks to take the kids to PB Land. Hopefully we'll be able to see the new Babe. I'll keep you posted.

By the way, Josh Porter has lots of Paul Bunyan experience. He also created the 11.5-foot Seated Paul at the Brainerd Welcome Center and repainted/spreuced-up the 26-foot Talking Paul when he moved to Paul Bunyan Land/This Old Farm.