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Korean War Veterans Memorial

Korean War MemorialConstructed: 1998

Sculptor: Art Norby and Bob Kost and Dean Olson, landscape architects.

Location: This memorial is located to the northeast of the Veterans Service Building.

Description: The monument includes a curved 18 foot high bronze column with two 15 foot bas reliefs and is combined with an eight foot tall cast bronze infantry man. The larger-than-life soldier is searching for his lost unit and comrades and is intended to represent the missing in action from the Korean War. Engraved accompanying paving stones provide a chronological account of the war and small columns list the names of the 700 Minnesotans who died during the war.

Art Norby, a resident of Afton, Minn., became a sculptor at age 38 after trying a wide variety of occupations. His home and studio in Afton, a former Swedish Methodist Church, built in 1886, burned in 1998, but firefighters were able to save a few pieces of art, including some bronze sculptures which were not melted by the heat of the fire.