A tribute to a piece of Faribault’s past will soon be on the move.
The mural, which pays homage to the Sellner Manufacturing Co – makers of the beloved amusement
park/carnival ride, the Tilt-A-Whirl -- is currently affixed to one of several Fourth Street buildings owned
by Rice County that are expected to be razed later this fall.
The mural itself, which is owned by
the Faribault Mural Society, will
soon be dismantled and moved a
couple blocks east to the Paradise
Center for the Arts on Central
Heidi Nelson, executive director of
the Paradise, said it was Gail
Keilmeyer of the Mural Society who
suggested the Paradise as the
mural’s new location, and that she’s
happy the center could
accommodate the request.
“I’m thrilled that we can provide a
new home for the mural,” said
Nelson, noting that while there’s a
tenuous thread that ties an
amusement park ride to the arts center, the
mural is, after all, a piece of art."
The 8-foot by 36-foot mural is made of aluminum
composite panels and will be mounted on the
rear exterior wall of the arts center just above a
sign with the center’s name.
The mural, painted by artist Dave Correll, was
installed in October 2010, before the 119 Fourth
St. NW building was purchased by the county. It
honors the one-time Faribault manufacturer,
Sellner, and the iconic Tilt-A-Whirl it made in the
city from 1926 to 2011, when the company moved
out of state after it was sold to a Texas firm.
The county is helping fund the relocation, though
Nelson says the Paradise has applied for funding to help defray remaining costs.
Following a recommendation from the Faribault Heritage Preservation Commission, the Faribault City
Council approved the move Aug. 23. City ordinances require council authorization as the mural’s new
location is in Faribault’s Heritage Preservation District.
Matt Verdick, Parks & Facilities Director
Suzy Rook, Communications Coordinator