Welcome to the blog and website that gives you an insider’s view into public art for Nicollet Mall.
Nicollet Mall – now christened “Nicollet” – reopened with fanfare in November 2107 with two new public artworks and four returning works and became the setting for Super Bowl LIVE in February 2018.
This website is rich with stories about two new works including Ned Kahn’s Prairie Tree located near WCCO and Blessing Hancock’s Nicollet Lanterns animated with poems by Minneapolis writers Junauda Petrus, Moheb Soliman, Sagirah Shadid, and R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Nu’Eta).
What’s Happening Now features blog posts about some of the 1992 works that have been restored and returned to Nicollet including a rumination on Shadows of Spirit by Seitu Jones and Ta-coumba Aiken with poems by Soyini Guyton and a lively interview with Kinji Akagawa who created Enjoyment of Nature.
You can also read about the popular Hail Minnesota! manhole covers by Kate Burke that have returned to Nicollet.
For 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 with fascinating correspondence between Nelson and Lawrence Halprin and Associates, the original designers of Nicollet. Photo essays and videos document the studio of local professional art conservator Kristin Cheronis whose team has carefully restored the Sculpture Clock.
Policy geeks, urban planners and designers, art administrators, and art history aficionados might want to visit 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.
WHAT’S COMING IN 2018
During Spring 2018, the final works of public art will be installed including the restored Tableau, A Native American Mosaic, a granite paving carpet by George Morrison, near the entrance to the Loring Greenway, and the final new work, Nimbus by Tristan Al-Haddad, at the Theater in the Round in front of Minneapolis Central Library.
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