Duluth and AGCO Corporation are proud to introduce the City”s New Gateway Art Piece “Ascension.” The sculpture is located at the roundabout on McClure Bridge Road. The City is thrilled to have a third piece of permanent public art. “It”s really about bringing prosperity and values of worth as well as patriotism to the City of Duluth,” said Artist Michael Dillon.
The artwork displays Duluth”s rich history as a strong & humble farming community and continues its legacy by reaping and harvesting the fruits of our labors through the strength and perseverance embodied in our community today. Reflecting the Spirit of Duluth, Dillon”s design lifts the labors of our past, sowing seeds of opportunity for today & carrying Duluth to greater heights for tomorrow. Michael says, “In developing a public artwork for the citizens of Duluth, and to honor its generous donor AGCO, my goal was to center the theme to a design that speaks to Duluth”s history as a farming community.”
The artwork is also a symbol that “ascends” and reflects this community”s strong values of today and inspiring vision for tomorrow. AGCO is a mirror of this spirit. As a vital member of Duluth”s community, this Fortune 200 Company has industriously transformed world agriculture through advancing today”s and tomorrow”s version of the plow.”
“In a changing environment, this piece of art represents stability and sustainability here in Duluth,” said Mayor Nancy Harris. This initial site-specific project is one of many public art pieces the City hopes to commission to enhance the beauty and culture of Duluth and the surrounding areas. The City has formed the Duluth Public Art Commission (DPAC) to further Duluth”s mission of cultivating the arts.