Peanuts On Parade
A Photo Tour Of Linus Van Pelt
|Name:||Sew Much Love|
|Artist:||Julie Skluzacek, Tracy Leivermann, and Todd Hanks|
|Location:||Anoka County Farms|
This Linus statue is named Sew Much Love. It was designed by artists Julie Skluzacek, Tracy Leivermann, and Todd Hanks. It is sponsored by Associated Sewing, where it is on display in front of their store located at 690 North Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul. This statue has been repainted since it was created in 2003, and the original accessories are no longer displayed with the statue.
Update — this statue has been moved to the Anoka County Farms to join a the two statues from REI after the Associated Sewing store on Snelling closed earlier in 2012.
|Name:||Super Linus To The Rescue|
|Artist:||Kathy Gustafson, Rosie and Andrew McCarty, Kimi Goldstein and Olivia Beise|
|Sponsor:||Paisano's Pizza and Louisiana Cafe|
Here is Linus dressed as Superman in Super Linus To The Rescue. This is the second of two Linus statues on display at the Woodbury Cafe. Linus was designed by a group of artists consisting of Kathy Gustafson, Rosie and Andrew McCarty, Kimi Goldstein and Olivia Beise, and was sponsored by Paisano's Pizza and Louisiana Cafe.
|Name:||Reach For The Future, Linus|
|Sponsor:||Saint Paul College|
|Location:||Saint Paul College, 235 Marshall Street, Saint Paul|
Here we see Linus wearing a cap and gown in a statue called Reach For The Future, Linus. This statue is on display near the loading dock at the back of the Saint Paul College building at 235 Marshall Street in Saint Paul. The statue was designed by artist Robert Torning and was sponsored by the college. Reach for the future is more than just an advertising slogan for the Saint Paul College, which was recognized as the top community college in the nation in 2010.
|Sponsor:||Nova Classical Academy|
|Location:||Nova Classical Academy, Saint Paul|
The Nova Classical Academy is a charter school in Saint Paul that concentrates on a classical style of education that is centered on knowledge and language as well as moral and ethical issues. Their executive director, Dr. Brian Bloomfield, wanted a statue for their new school that would represent these values in a manner that kids could relate to. He came up with the idea of a Peanuts statue, and picked Linus, who is the theologian and philosopher of the Peanuts characters. This statue was newly created in 2012 and was not part of the Peanuts on Parade tribute.
|Name:||It's A Waterful Life|
|Sponsor:||City of Shoreview, Shoreview Community Center, Tropics Water Park & Fitness Center and BWBR Architects|
|Location:||Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN|
Linus is ready to hit the water park in this aquatic themed statue on display at the Shoreview Community Center. This facility has a full featured health club and an amazing indoor water park.
|Name:||Linus Goes To School|
|Artist:||Nancy Belau Collins & Family|
|Sponsor:||Donald's Apparel & Uniforms|
|Location:||Donald's Uniforms, 972 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul|
Here is Linus on display in the front window of Donald's Uniforms on Payne Avenue. The glare from the glass makes for a poor photograph, but it gives Linus a great view of the traffic along busy Payne Avenue. Donald's features uniforms for children who attend parochial schools and other private schools that require uniforms. As a result, both Linus and the Lucy statues at the store feature school themes.
Patriot Linus is on display at the Woodbury Cafe located just east of the Tamarack exit off of I-494. This Linus was designed by a team lead by Wanda Mumm, and it was sponsored by the Grandview Grill.
|Name:||Linus de Nuestra Community|
|Artist:||Marisa Martinez de Silva|
|Sponsor:||El Burrito Mercado|
|Location:||El Burrito Mercado, 175 Cesar Chavez Street|
This statue is named Linus de Nuestra Community. It was designed by artist Marisa Martinez de Silva. It was sponsored by the El Burrito Mercado, where it is on display at 175 Cesar Chavez Street (formerly known as Concord Street). Linus was repainted a slightly lighter color with a different color blanket and shorter hat circa 2010.
|Name:||Harley-Davidson Linus Celebrating 100 Years Of Great Motorcycles|
|Sponsor:||Saint Paul Harley-Davidson|
|Location:||Harley-Davidson, 2899 Hudson Blvd, Saint Paul|
This is Linus decked out as the quintessential vintage biker celebrating two great American traditions, the Peanuts comic strip and Milwaukee V-twin thunder. Linus is located in the front entrance to the Saint Paul Harley dealership located on Hudson Road just north of I-94 and just east of Century Avenue.
|Name:||Your Pint, Sir|
|Artist:||Duane and Angie Barnhart|
|Sponsor:||O'Gara's Bar and Grill|
|Location:||Associated Bank, Snelling and Selby, Saint Paul|
This Linus, known as ‘Your Pint, Sir’, is on display at the Associated Bank at the corner of Snelling and Selby in Saint Paul. Designed by artists Duane and Angie Barnhart, and sponsored by O'Gara's Bar and Grill (located across the street), shows Linus dressed up much like an 1940s era bar keeper serving a pint of ale to a thirsty customer.
|Name:||River Dance Linus|
|Sponsor:||Holiday Inn RiverCenter, The Liffey|
|Location:||Private Home, Ottawa Ave, Saint Louis Park|
The ‘River Dance Linus’ is on display in front of a private home in Saint Louis Park. I am not sure how Linus or the Holiday Inn (which sponsored the statue) is connected to the River Dance theater production, but Linus does a good job representing an Irish dance character.
|Sponsor:||Minnesota State Fair|
|Location:||MN State Fairgrounds Libby Conference Center|
Quilting Linus is one of 5 statues owned by the Minnesota State Fair and designed by artist Neil Boltik. It depicts Linus winning a first place blue ribbon for his handiwork creating his security quilt. This statue was traveling when I first visited the fairgrounds in 2010, but was back on display in front of the Libby Conference Center in 2011.
|Name:||Linus Leonidas Hamline|
|Location:||Hamline University Bush Library|
This is Linus as ‘Linus Leonidas Hamline’. Leonidas Hamline was a minister and attorney who founded Hamline University. This statue was designed by Toni Dachis and was sponsored by the University. It is on display in the main level of the Bush Library at the Hamline University Saint Paul Campus. The quote on the statue is from John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. Hamline University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
|Name:||Limericks By Linus|
This statue is called Limericks By Linus. It was sponsored by Meritex Enterprises and designed by artist Carol Halloran. It is on display in Lafayette Park near the north end of the Lafayette Bridge in Saint Paul.
|Name:||Frank Linus Wright|
|Artist:||Sid Levin, Tom Oestreich, and George Pfeifer|
|Location:||Authentic Construction at 742 Grand Avenue|
Here is Linus dressed up as ‘Frank Linus Wright’, the famous architect. This Linus was sponsored by and is on display at Authentic Construction at 742 Grand Avenue. Authentic Construction has been doing craftsmen level work on homes for over 30 years. If you hear someone say that they don't build them like they used to, tell them to check out the magnificent work that this firm is known for. The statue was designed by artists Sid Levin, Tom Oestreich, and George Pfeifer.
|Location:||5-8 Club, 6251 Douglas Court North, Champlin, MN|
This Linus is on display in front of the 5-8 Club at 6251 Douglas Court North in Champlin, Minnesota. They are famous for their Juicy Lucy cheeseburger that has the cheese inside of the hamburger patty. I have not been able to determine the name or artist on this statue. It appears that it has either been redecorated with a new theme, or it was one of a few statues that were produced for private customers outside of the Peanuts On Parade series.
|Artist:||Lynette Daniel & Students|
|Sponsor:||Dayton Elementary School|
|Location:||Dayton Elementary School, Dayton, Minnesota|
This statue, called ‘Imagination’, was designed by Lynette Daniel and the students of Dayton Elementary School in Dayton, Minnesota. It pays tribute Linus' vivid imagination, such as when looking at clouds, Linus saw one that looked like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. This Linus is on display at the entrance to the school located at 12000 South Diamond Lake Road.
|Name:||Time Traveler Linus|
|Artist:||Best Buy Design Team|
|Sponsor:||Best Buy Company, Inc|
|Location:||Best Buy, 7601 Penn Ave S, Richfield, MN|
This is Linus as a time traveler in a modern interpretation of H.G. Wells' time machine. Rather than the carved wooden chair in Wells' machine, Linus has a very spartan looking machine, though still featuring only a single control lever. In the background, we see images of how Linus would have appeared throughout past history. Note that the Best Buy headquarters building is not open to the general public.
|Name:||Bound To Be Linus|
|Artist:||A. Emily Heaney|
|Sponsor:||Bound To Be Read|
|Location:||Premier Bank (Maplewood)|
The statue Bound To Be Linus is on display at the Premier Bank in Maplewood. Designed by artist A. Emily Heaney, the statue originally featured Linus with a yellow shirt carrying a book bag, in honor of its sponsor, Bound To Be Read. It has since been repainted with the bank logo. Premier Bank owns two Peanuts statues, which they rotate to their various branches for display.
Update — Linus has been repainted since my photo was taken. The new theme is very similar, but Linus now sports a green and white striped shirt and a baby blue blanket with the Premier Bank logo.
|Name:||Linus Stops The Puck|
|Location:||Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul|
One of (5) Peanuts statues on display at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, home ice for the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team. This example is Linus dressed up as a hockey goalie. Despite all the equipment that he is wearing, he still has room for his beloved blanket.
|Artist:||Shane Anderson and Chuck Anderson|
|Sponsor:||Saint Paul Foundation|
|Location:||University of Minnesota Elmer L. Andersen Library|
This Linus statue is called Seeking Philanthropy My Dear Watson, with Linus dressed up as famous detective Sherlock Holmes. The statue was designed by artists Shane Anderson and Chuck Anderson and was sponsored by the Saint Paul Foundation. It is on display on the ground floor of the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota.
|Name:||Line-Us Around The World|
|Location:||Bremer Bank, Roseville, MN|
This world peace themed Linus statue was sponsored by Bremer Bank. During the Linus Blankets Saint Paul event, it was on display in front of the downtown Saint Paul branch of Bremer Bank. It was on display in 2013 at the Roseville bank branch just north of the Rosedale Center Mall. Like several of the statues that I hunted down in late 2012 and 2013, I learned of this one from Peter's Puppets blog.
|Name:||Life Is A Bowl Full Of Chocolate|
|Location:||Candyland, Wabasha Street|
Here is Linus featured in Life Is A Bowl Full Of Chocolate. This statue was designed by artist Lori Manke-White, and it was sponsored by the Candyland store on Wabasha Street in downtown Saint Paul. It is one of three Peanuts statues on display on the sidewalk in front of their store.
|Name:||Happiness Is...A Thing Called Roy|
|Location:||Keys Cafe, Woodbury|
Linus is dressed as a sailor in the statue Happiness Is...A Thing Called Roy. This statue was designed by artist Robin Rae and it was sponsored by Keys Cafe & Bakery. It is on display at the Keys Cafe in Woodbury.
|Name:||Dr. Linus's Medicine Show|
|Artist:||Robert L. Zins|
|Location:||ProX Pharmacy, 5th & Marie, South Saint Paul|
Dr. Linus's Medicine Show is on display at the ProX Pharmacy located at 5th and Marie in South Saint Paul. The state was sponsored by the pharmacy, and it was designed by artist Robert L. Zins.
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