The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 75
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4 SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2000 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT THE SALINA JOURNAL Wild Dalas bring new spirit for young and old to Undsborg By Carla Scassellati^Strand Advertising Writer Wild Dala horses in eye-popping colors will be showing up this spring and sxinuner in Undsborg. With names like "Dala Bill", "Queen Katarina Ditto" or "Ole the En- DALAgered Species", the "Search for the Wild Dala" is causing a lot of excitement and interest said Ldndsborg resident Linda Richardson. "Children love them," she said. "But adults also like to touch them." The McPherson Coimty town of 2,700 is a popular stop for tourists interested in Swedish history, Bethany College, art galleries and studios or good foods. Over the years, the Dala, a wood- Kronor the Dollar Horse by Shirley Malm. Photograph by Jim Richardson. en horse painted in a bumt-orange and decorated with accents of blue, yellow and white, has become the town's symbol. Dalas appear on coffee cups, promotional materials or bear a homeowner's last name and are attached near a front door. The horse are even part of the design on the patches worn on the uniforms of the town's police officers. Richardson said the idea of "Search for the Wild Dala" came after one of the owners of the Hemslojd Gift Shop, Ken Sjogren and Ken Swisher, read an article about "Cows on Parade ", a public art display in Chicago. "They put cows up outdoors, indoor and it brought a great liveliness to the city," Richardson said about the Chicago project. "He was remarking on it and he said, boy, do we have a meaningful animal that we could work with." Sjogren and Swisher are quite familiar with the Dalas. They craft and sell several sizes of the traditional horses at their business. Inspired by the Chicago cows, they began calling around to find a company able to make replicas of the four-foot high, 300-pound wooden Dala they created in their shop. They eventually found a firm in Ohio to craft the four-foot-high Dalas from Fiberglas. The same company created Cinciniuiti's public pig sculptures. Richardson said the Ldndsborg Chamber of Commerce is the coordinator for the project. Chamber members have been bu^ matching artists with sponsors. How does that h^pen? "It's a happenstance of ideas that are submitted, interests that are expressed. Sometimes our sponsors have found artists themselves. Sometimes they pick firom a pool of ideas that are offered. There is no particular route to marryijig sponsors and idea and artists," Richardson said. Before Wild Dalas go on public display, each are treated to a special imveil- ing celebration. Organizers hope to have 20 such ceremonies before Ldndsborg celebrates its Svensk Hyllningsfest in October. The first Wild Dala, created by Ldndsborg artist Steve Scott, was unveiled in October 2000. By April 2001, eight Wild Dalas have been completed. Scott's "Dalallama Telecoma" is covered by large black telephone handsets and big red commas. "He has a very contemporary style in acrylics. But he also does some folk art type pieces too," Richardson said. Ldndsborg artist Shirley Malm created the lavender-colored "Herd it Through the Gr^evine." The Wild Dala P.O. Box 955 • Main Street • Hays, Kansas 67601 Telephone: (785) 628-2808 ToU Free: 1-800-423-3970 www.hay8traveltours.com , • Passport & Visa Applications • Complete TVavel Counseling • Cruise Line Reservations • Lodging Reservations • Airline Reservations • Train Reservations • Individual "n-avel • QiQuplJravel • CarRentals " PERSONALLY ESCORTED GROUP TOURS Offering over 30 domestic and mtemational tours. Call or stop by for your complimentary '/DESTINATIONS. 2DDI CATALOG"! A salute to Lindsborg's brick streets can be seen in Kathy Peterson's Fala the Dala Brick Road. Photo by Jim Richardson. is decorated with grape leaves and clusters. "Her specialty has become a Scandinavian technique called rosemaling," Richardson said. "Shirley has been so creative about putting techniques and notions on a three-dimensional object." Richardson said Malm is the first artist to apply a foreign object to a Wild Dala "She used compound to form grapes all over the body. The grapes are in relief," Richardson said. A second horse completed by Malm, "Dala Bill," was unveUed in ApvH 2001. Other Dalas salute different topics. Kathy Tolle, who lives outside Ldnds­ borg, created "Ole the EnDALAgered Species." Kathy Peterson produced "Fala the Dala Brick Road," a wordplay on the town's brick streets. EJven the 250-member "Messiah" chorus and orchestra has been honored with a special Dala called "Dallaliuah." Want to know more about the Wild Dalas? Call the Ldndsborg Chamber of Commerce at (888) 227-2227 or see their website at www.lindsborg.org. BE WISE... Travel the Solomor) Valley to see the real Kansas! o fon. 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