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Big Stone Mini Golf

Art meets putt-putt in Bruce Stillman's multi-purpose park

by Josh Rubin in Culture on 24 August 2010

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A longtime fan of landscape sculpture, artist Bruce Stillman decided to turn his Minnetrista, MN farm into a functioning putt-putt course—with his works standing in as the props. We recently had a chance to check out the organic forms of his sculptures that populate the 12-hole Big Stone Mini Golf course, an experience that was both surprising and surreal.

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While you play, animals from Stillman's adjacent farmland sometimes wander over, adding to the creative chaos. Additionally, Stillman built massive tables for chess or checkers, and a large fire pit for social gatherings.

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While his personal fantasyland is the largest display of his works, Stillman's sculptures have shown all over the U.S., and his piece "Perpetual Motion" is a permanent fixture at the entrance of the Palm Desert Public Library.

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Both entertaining and enlightening, the sculpture park is perfect for all ages, and serves as a great reminder that art is everywhere.

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