A Lowertown artist’s studio, museum and laboratory will play host to a gala event to celebrate the work of sculptor Michael Bahl.
The event takes place Thursday Aug. 27 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Northern Warehouse (just above The Black Dog Café), 308 Prince Street, Studio 222, St. Paul.
For years, Bahl’s studio has been a fixture on the St. Paul Art Crawl. Inside, he displays skeletons of imaginary prehistoric creatures and artifacts created from the actual bones of contemporary mammals.
“I think everybody carries around that first experience of being in a museum and being awestruck by a prehistoric skeleton,” said Bahl. “They may not be aware that they’re carrying it, but when they walk into the gallery or see one of my creatures, it all comes back.”
In 2014, Bahl received an Arts Challenge matching funds grant from the John S. Knight and James L. Knight Foundation to create one of his most ambitious projects yet, a 12 foot long, four foot high bronze skeleton of a large prehistoric mammal in repose, with a ribcage that will function as a bike rack.
During the fundraising event, Bahl will show sketches of this work in progress, and talk about the concept. He will also present the skull of his bike rack mammal as a visual aid for all to see and handle.
“I’m hoping someone at the neighborhood level of government or one of the schools, colleges, or private companies will see this story and become as passionate about finding the perfect spot for the bike rack as I am to create it,” said Bahl.