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How Rochester remembers the man who helped change art in the city

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — A crowd gathered Friday night at the Rochester Art Center to remember a former Mayo Clinic doctor and sculptor who left a lasting legacy along Rochester’s bike trails.

Rochester Art Center

Dr. Richard Brubaker worked at the Mayo Clinic for many years, but perhaps his biggest legacy here in Rochester is in the form of art.

Friday night family, friends, and art lovers gathered to remember the man many refer to as “Bru.”

He was a crucial member of the group “Art4Trails” that works to install art pieces along many of the Rochester Bike Trails and Friday night they dedicated one of Bru’s most recognizable pieces, “The Artist,” which resides outside the art center.

But this isn’t his only piece along the trails, Bru was instrumental in helping to create art pieces throughout the trails around Rochester.

Nancy Brubaker speaks to gathered crowd at “The Artist” dedication.

Something his wife says is special,

“All winter I would walk inside, but I would look out the windows at his sculptures and now that the weather is so nice, I’m walking. I feel his presence all the time when I can look at those, it’s really nice. He’s with me all the time in my mind,” said Nancy Brubaker, Richard’s wife.

“Art4Trails” flyer

“Anyone who wants to see his work, just can take a ride along the trail or they can take a walk along the trail and see the work that he’s done, for forever,” added Mary Ellen Landwehr, Art4Trails Co-Chair.

At Friday night’s dedication, Nancy, Mary Ellen, and former Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede spoke on some of their fondest memories of Bru.

When he passed away last October, his wish was for people to donate to Art4Trails, and the group says it’s been able to purchase two permanent sculptures in that time. Furthering his legacy of art in Rochester.

Holden Krusemark

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