Posted at: 07/16/2013 9:58 PM
Updated at: 07/17/2013 7:22 AM
By: Naomi Pescovitz

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Sculpture Guides Mpls. Homeless Youth to New Future

There is a special place near downtown Minneapolis most have driven by but never noticed. Still, each year YouthLink helps more than 2,000 young people find food, shelter, education and work.

Now, the organization cannot go unnoticed thanks to a new sculpture in its front lawn called "Filling the Void."

The permanent steel structure was created by local artist Randy Walker, who describes the piece as a cross between temporary and permanent art that can feature different exhibits.

The first exhibit is made up of colorful ropes woven on the sculpture's frame by the young people who visit YouthLink in times of need.

"With art and telling a story, I feel like it does that, because all the youth that participated basically wove their story in there whether they know it or not," 21-year-old Shanice Mason said.

"It's like sending a message that there are a bunch of diamonds in the rough," 21-year-old Deaundre Dent said. "This is a place where people that are less fortunate come, but they are still people."

The sculpture was funded through a first-of-its-kind grant by Forecast Public Art and The McKnight Foundation.