Welcome to the blog and website devoted to following the creation of new public art for Nicollet Mall and the return of beloved earlier works including the Sculpture Clock. I’m Regina Flanagan, one of four artists working on the Mall project. I’m curating and integrating public art by creating original online content and photography, producing an ongoing contemporary archive in real-time, as the other three artists design, fabricate and install their work.
Check out What’s Happening Now for my most current blog post with news about the installation of artwork.
The website is rich with stories about artist Blessing Hancock who features poetry by Minneapolis writers Junauda Petrus, Moheb Soliman, Sagirah Shadid, and R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Nu’Eta) in her work Nicollet Lanterns; the new sculpture by Ned Kahn entitled Prairie Tree to be located near WCCO; and Tristan Al-Haddad’s Nimbus to be installed in 2018, complementing James Corner’s Theater in the Round and engaging the architecture of Cesar Pelli’s Minneapolis Central Library.
If you’re curious about what’s involved when an artist creates a work of public art, the Artist’s Process pages follow each artist from inspiration and design through fabrication and installation – giving you an inside look.
For the history buffs and fans of the Sculpture Clock by Jack Nelson, the oldest piece (1968) that has returned to the Mall, there’s an extensively researched history including fascinating correspondence between Nelson and Lawrence Halprin and Associates, the original designers of the Mall. Photo essays document visits to the studio of local professional art conservator Kristin Cheronis whose team has lovingly restored the Sculpture Clock.
Policy geeks, urban planners and designers, art administrators, and art history aficionados might want to check out the website’s History tab where public art’s role in urban design is considered in the context of four recent City plans, and the history of public art downtown is illustrated from the 1960s to the present.
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