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Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Charlie Leftridge, Executive Director of the Grand Center for Arts & Culture, unveiled Paul Granlund’s sculpture ‘La Familia II’. Le Grand acquired the sculpture from United Church of Christ.

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts & Culture organized a special unveiling of the Paul Granlund sculpture, “The Family II” Friday.

The bronze sculpture was created by Paul Granlund in 1983 and was originally purchased by the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1986. Last year, when the UCC voted to dissolve, members of the church have made the decision to donate the sculpture to the Grand on the condition that it be displayed to the public.

Grand Chief Executive Charlie Leftridge said the center was lucky and honored to receive the sculpture.

Former Gustavus Adolphus staff member Steve Hogberg gave a brief history of Granlund’s works. He said “The Family II” was similar to several Granlund themes. It has a circular pattern and expresses fun and joy.

Hogberg said Granlund was a sculpture-in-residence at Gustavus from 1971 to 1996, but worked in a studio at the college until his death in 2003. While at the college, he made approximately 65 bronze figures. Several of his bronze sculptures are exhibited at the Gustave College.

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