photo by Logan Gruber
Word came down on Jan. 5 that the Stickworks sculpture at St. John's University, which captured imaginations of both young and old, would be burned down on the very next day at 1 p.m. The structure had lasted a lot longer than initially intended. Stickworks was built in September of 2012, and structures like this, designed by Patrick Dougherty, tend to last somewhere around two years, though the cold Minnesota winters do slow down their decay. SJU estimates more than 50,000 people have visited the structure since it was built. It sat along CR 159, which leads to SJU from I-94. More than 100 people turned out to watch the structure burn 1 p.m. on Jan. 6. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office, St. John's University Life Safety and the St. John's University Fire Department were on hand to maintain a safe environment. See additional photos on our website, as well as a link to footage from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University's drone.