"Otter" was installed in Edinborough Park in November 2007 after being a part of the Grandview Square Park summer 2007 exhibition. After observing a favorable public reaction to the work, the Edina Public Art Committee recommended its purchase to the Edina Community Foundation. "Otter" is sculpted from Indiana Limestone and appears to be very much at home next to the indoor waterfall and stream at Edinborough Park.
Jeffrey Birch is a Minnesota native and spends most of the year at his home and studio in Plymouth and lake home in the northern part of the state. He has been sculpting since age 5, when his mother introduced him to modeling clay. Birch studied art and anthropology at the University of Minnesota, and has also studied and worked at the Science Museum of Minnesota and several other museums around the country. His artistic work spans a wide range, including bronze sculptures and landscape painting in oil.
"Otter" was funded by a contribution from Betty and Ron Hemstad to the Edina Community Foundation.