We are doing a "second round" of artist submissions that will go from Nov 1 thru  Nov 30.

We are doing a "second round" of artist submissions that will go from Nov 1 thru  Nov 30.

Big Sailboat

4’ sculpture on a cement base.

Little Sailboat

20” sculpture on a wooden base.

150 Sails Up Project

150 Sails Up

2021 is Detroit Lakes’ 150th anniversary and the City is planning a year-long celebration.

Hans Gilsdorf designed a beautiful sailboat sculpture, and thanks to the skills and generosity of BTD, the sculptures will be MN climate-resistant. A model of both size sailboats will be on display at the DL Chamber of Commerce, DL City Office, and DL Liquor Store.

Sailboats are available for sponsors to order through mid-November. Each sailboat sculpture will be created with an artist’s design that has been submitted and approved by the sailboat committee.

The goal is to make 150 Sails Up in DL a win-win-win effort:

•   a WIN for sponsoring businesses by participating in a large cooperative promotion, while also benefiting from customer-driven social media promotion and increased foot traffic at their location.

•   a WIN for area artists by showcasing their work publicly, while also receiving a fair stipend and great promotional exposure.

•   a WIN for Detroit Lakes in celebrating our community and its milestone sesquicentennial, while also raising money to incorporate permanent public artworks in our beautiful city.

Apr 30          
Unveiling at the
Regatta Party

May 2-15      
Placement of sailboats display

May 15 – Dec 31  
Target date to have Sailboats on public display