The Bemidji Sculpture Walk (BSW) premiered in the spring of 1999. It's one of the oldest public art sculpture galleries in Minnesota with 34 works on display today.
It was developed by a team of volunteers working with the Bemidji Community Arts Center, now the Watermark Art Center.
The original theme of the BSW was "Minnesota: its people, its diverse culture, its legends, and its natural beauty."
BSW developers intended for all sculptures to be installed outdoors in the 20-block area of historic downtown Bemidji.
In 2021, city parks were added to the breadth of our public art displays with the addition of several artistic benches along the waterfront and in Paul Bunyan Park.
Our Mission is to:
-Enhance the Bemidji downtown area for its residents and for visitors
-Draw more foot traffic to the downtown
-Create a forum for the display of the work of local and regional artists
-Assist in the promotion of Bemidji as a regional cultural center
-Build a greater sense of community through display and discussion of the arts
-Enhance art education in the area at all levels
(Left: "This One Goes To Eleven - Gibson Guitar" by Bemidji artist Tim Nelsen