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Infuse Detroit Lakes with color & delight!

Gifting the area
with Public Art

With a generous grant from the Blandin Foundation and additional financial support from our Wave Maker donors, Project 412 formed Create DL, a partnership with the Historic Holmes Theatre that will spread public art across Detroit Lakes.

In Partnership with

Imagine. Inspire. Connect

Focus Area

Our goal is to help Detroit Lakes become the best place to visit, live, work, start and grow a business, and raise a family.

With additional funding, we will add more projects to the Create DL initiative. In total, we hope to spread public art to all corners of our community. Support Project 412 by donating or signing up to volunteer!

Creating Places & Events that Inspire

The most vibrant communities create a sense of place that inspires and is welcoming and memorable. Detroit Lakes is competing with communities around the country and world to attract visitors, workers, and residents. Creating a place that people want to be is critical, and we have the opportunity to invest in Detroit Lakes as a place by investing in public art, recreation, and events and experiences.

Investing in Public Art & Visual Appeal

Public art investments increase creative energy in communities. Visitors exploring public art spend more money at local shops and restaurants. The added vibrancy also adds excitement that gets more residents thinking about their own businesses and creative projects. By spreading art across the city, Create DL will encourage residents and visitors to explore more pockets of our community, supporting economic development in more places.

Featured 2024 Artist

Thomas Dambo

Trolls DL
coming in 2024!

Danish recycle artist Thomas Dambo is on a mission to save the world from drowning in trash!

Dambo uses reclaimed wood and scraps from landfills to create giant statue-like trolls – unique characters, each with a story. He has already installed trolls in 17 countries throughout the world.

Thomas Dambo and his crew of artists will be in Detroit Lakes on May 6 for a month-long build of six giant troll sculptures made of recycled materials.

Thomas Dambo
Troll Artist
2023-2024

Featured Artists

The featured artists below shared their artistry in response to an artist’s call for Project 412 public art opportunities. These artists have their own art enterprises and are not under the employ of Project 412.

We are delighted to share their information with you and are so grateful for the talents they share in our community.
Lilly Baethke
Mural Co-Artist
Jessica Dretsch
Power Box Artist
Kent Estey
Power Box Artist
Hans Gilsdorf
Mural Artist
Darlene Harrison
Power Box Artist
Deneena Hughes
Mural Artist
Paul Johnson
Mural Artist
Anna Lassonde
Power Box Artist
Chloe Leegard
Mural Co-Artist
Aryn Lill
Mural Artist
Shakuntala Maheshwari
Power Box Artist
Kara Schumann
Power Box Artist
Hannah Spry
Art Surprise Artist
Marin Westrum
Power Box Artist
Zach Schumack & Ian Molloy-Busse
Sculptors
Kent Estey
Power Box Artist
Hans Gilsdorf
Mural Artist
Darlene Harrison
Power Box Artist
Deneena Hughes
Mural Artist
Paul Johnson
Mural Artist
Anna Lassonde
Power Box Artist
Chloe Leegard
Mural Co-Artist
Aryn Lill
Mural Artist
Shakuntala Maheshwari
Power Box Artist
Kara Schumann
Power Box Artist
Hannah Spry
Art Surprise Artist
Marin Westrum
Power Box Artist
Zach Schumack & Ian Molloy-Busse
Sculptors

Create DL Gallery

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