Opportunity: Detroit Lakes in MN seeks artists to decorate sailboat sculptures


150 Sails Up in Detroit Lakes

2021 is Detroit Lakes’ 150th anniversary. The city is planning a year-long celebration, which is the perfect time to launch another community art project for public display in DL in 2021 – and this is it: 150 Sails Up in DL!

White sailboat sculpture that artists will be able to put their designs onLocal artist, Hans Gilsdorf, has designed a new beautiful sailboat sculpture that is the perfect “blank canvas” for artists to showcase their work. Thanks to the skills and generosity of BTD Manufacturing, the sculptures will be more MN climate-resistant in powder-coated steel (or raw steel upon artist request). We will offer two sizes – 4’ tall and 20” tall. The total number of sailboats will be limited to 150, with no more than 75 being the larger size. A model of both size sailboats will be on display at the DL Chamber of Commerce (700 Summit Ave), DL City Office (1025 Roosevelt Ave) and Lakes Liquor (200 Holmes St E).

Sailboats are available for sponsors to order ($1500 for large, $900 for small) through mid-November. Each sailboat sculpture will be painted/adorned with an artist’s design that has been submitted and approved by the sailboat committee. Approved designs will be included in an online “Design Book” for sponsors to review. Sailboat sponsors can choose the design and artist they would like to work with.

All artists that wish to submit designs will be required to sign an Artist Application and Artist Agreement in order to participate. Artists that have a design(s) selected by a sponsor will be eligible to receive a stipend paid by the City of Detroit Lakes upon completion of their sculpture. ($500 for directly applied art on a large sailboat, $300 for directly applied art on a small sailboat, or $150 for a digital image to be applied as a vinyl wrap on either size sailboat.)

The goal is to make 150 Sails Up in DL a win-win-win effort:

  • a WIN for sponsoring businesses by participating in a large cooperative promotion, while also benefitting from customer-driven social media promotion and increased foot traffic at their location.
  • a WIN for area artists by showcasing their work publicly, while also receiving a fair stipend and great promotional exposure.
  • a WIN for Detroit Lakes in celebrating our community and its milestone sesquicentennial, while also raising money to incorporate permanent public artworks in our beautiful city.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, a participating artist or learning more about this project, please check the website: www.dl150.com


Beth Horslev Gilbert

Community Outreach Director, The Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave. , Detroit Lakes, MN  56501

218-844-4221 ext. 114, beth@dlccc.org

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