Welcome to the second year of 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 producing an ongoing contemporary archive in real-time, as the other three artists design, fabricate and install their work.
The website is now rich with stories about artist Blessing Hancock who features poetry by Minneapolis poets Junauda Petrus, Moheb Soliman, Sagirah Shadid, and R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Nu’Eta) in Nicollet Lanterns; the new sculpture by Ned Kahn entitled Prairie Tree to be located near WCCO; and Tristan Al-Haddad’s Nimbus that complements James Corner’s Theater in the Round and engages 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 later this fall, installation – giving you an inside look.
For the history buffs and fans of the Sculpture Clock by Jack Nelson, the oldest piece (1968) that will be returning 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. A photo essay documents a visit to the studio of conservator Kristin Cheronis who is restoring 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.
Check out What’s Happening Now for my most current blog post.
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