1995 – 25 years ago

Lotus made her debut Wednesday at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph. Lotus is a 2,500-pound, 8 1/2-foot high bronze sculpture of a hippopotamus. The hippo was gently lifted onto Krasl’s grounds with equipment provided by the Glenlord Home Center of Stevensville. The acquisition of the sculpture is part of the Krasl’s effort to help the Twin Cities area become known for its outdoor sculpture. When the acquisition committee talked about getting a new sculpture, members agreed they wanted something that would attract children. They also expect the bronze hippo’s ears, nose and one toe to turn shiny from being touched by art center visitors. Officials picked the name Lotus from children’s entries in a name contest.