Nick Legeros is an Edina sculptor whose work sets a high standard for public art in our community. He has created several bronze sculptures acquired by the Edina Community Foundation for Centennial Lakes Park—Reflecting on Friendship, Dreaming of Flight and The Glamorous Days of Flight. The latter two are a tribute to the women and men of Northwest Airlines, many of whom lived in Edina.
A fourth sculpture, A Reflection of Me, located on the Promenade, was suggested by a student and chosen for Legeros’ professional execution in a Student Public Art competition. His newest sculpture in Edina is Coach Ike, commissioned by ECF and its Ikola Cup Fund leaders to capture the image of Edina’s successful hockey coach for permanent display at Braemar Arena.
Legeros owns Blue Ribbon Bronze studio and has created over 500 sculptures. His larger works are on display in hospitals, churches, universities, parks and libraries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The sculptures require being cast through an age-old and labor-intensive process known as “lost-wax” casting and he has studied with masters in the field and served as a teacher to younger artists such as Heidi Hoy, whose Spaulding sculpture is on display at 50th and France. His life and work are the subject of a book, Sculpting a Life: The Art of Nick Legeros, recently published by the Edina Community Foundation.
Contributed by Dick Crockett, executive director, Edina Community Foundation