Sioux Falls we have a winner!

The 2022 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk People's Choice Award winner was revealed on Thursday, and this year's title goes to Sturgis native Travis Sorenson for his sculpture named "Elk."

If you have taken a tour of all the 68 different pieces of art that make up the 2022 downtown Sioux Falls SculptureWalk, you've undoubtedly seen "Elk" out in front of the Carpenter Building on Phillips Avenue.

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Dakota News Now is reporting that Sorenson created the mounted elk bust known as "Elk", out of recycled stainless steel and copper.

Sorenson told Dakota News Now, “I would like to say I am very honored and thankful to have the privilege of getting one of my sculptures installed in the city of Sioux Falls."

Sorenson has a long history of racking up awards with SculptureWalk. Prior to this year's People's Choice award, Sorenson has taken home four different Best of Show Awards in 2021, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

According to Dakota News Now, the Best of Show Award winners represent the best-of-the-best sculptures and are judged on their artistic merit and creativity.

The voting process for this year's People's Choice Award took place through September 30th, with over 500 votes being cast. Over half of them were submitted digitally by people using the new digital voting feature.

As the People's Choice Award winner, the "Elk" sculpture will now become a permanent fixture of the Sioux Falls art collection.

If you haven't laid eyes on "Elk" yet, don't worry, he will still be standing out in front of the Carpenter Building at 221 South Phillips until the new crop of sculptures is installed next spring. After that, the sculpture will move to its new permanent location in the city which has yet to be determined.

If you're a fan of all the different art pieces on the Sioux Falls SculptureWalk, you should know they are now accepting online donations for local art initiatives. You can help to grow SculptureWalk's footprint throughout Sioux Falls by donating here.

Source: Dakota News Now

The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!

See How East 10th Street in Sioux Falls Has Changed

It's really interesting using Google Streetview to compare the changes from the earliest pictures to the latest.

For Sioux Falls, the earliest views are from 2008 and the latest from early 2022.

Some of the looks aren't the clearest, but it still gives a real good look at how dynamic the east side of Sioux Falls is.

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