MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Artist Tristan Kyrsta of Ham Lake had never before crafted a sculpture of junk pulled from Minnesota waterways. But she readily accepted the challenge of turning trash into treasure, drawing from experiences when she was a little girl.
“I grew up living out of my backyard, digging in the dirt and making a real mess of things,” she said. “I say the more yuck, the better.”
There’s plenty of yuck of what turned into the Department of Natural Resource’s 21st annual Adopt-A-River junk sculpture at the Minnesota State Fair. Kyrsta knew the kind of stuff thrown into state rivers would dictate what she would make.
“If we don’t find enough materials that would help solidify a certain concept, you’ve got to be willing to change and go in a different direction,” Kyrsta said.