Public Art Completes Nicollet Mall’s Design

Public art installation activity on Nicollet Mall is reaching a crescendo for the season. During a walk from the north to south ends of the Mall on sunny Wednesday, October 25th, I observed expert restorers and installers completing their work.

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, detail

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, one of several historic works from the 1990s, now graces the North Grove. Carefully restored and beautifully sited to interact with the landscape, last touches include power-washing prior to applying mortar around the base of the boulders, and protecting the wood seating surfaces with sealant.

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, detail

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, detail

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, detail

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, detail

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, detail

Enjoyment of Nature by Kinji Akagawa, detail

 

Hail Minnesota manhole covers by Kate Burke

Hail Minnesota manhole covers by Kate Burke with patterns of wild rice and oats are discovered in the sidewalk between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

 

Nimbus by Tristan Al-Haddad to be installed in spring 2018

Incised sidewalk pavement in front of the barriers marks the future location of the sculptural work Nimbus by Tristan Al-Haddad to be installed in spring 2018 at the Theater in the Round in front of Central Library.

 

Stone Boats by Stanton Sears

Stone Boats, a pair of sculptural granite seating forms by Stanton Sears are mortared in place on the east side of Nicollet between 5th and 6th Streets.

 

Prairie Tree by Ned Kahn

At the intersection with 11th Street near WCCO, Prairie Tree, a new kinetic sculpture by Ned Kahn, undulates, sparkles, and draws eyes upward to an interplay with surrounding architecture and cloudless sky.

 

Reinstallation of Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock

The long-awaited reinstallation of Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock was underway on the southeast corner near Orchestra Hall. Conservator Kristin Cheronis and her crew packed and moved the over 900-piece work from the restoration studio in Northeast Minneapolis to carefully re-assemble it inside the confines of the cabinet below the clock dial. On October 26th, the gleaming perpetual motion sculpture was activated for the first time in over fifteen years.

Reinstallation of Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock

Reinstallation of Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock

Reinstallation of Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock

Reinstallation of Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock

 

Shadows of Spirit by Seitu Jones and Ta-Coumba Aiken with poems by Soyini Guyton

Shadows of Spirit by Seitu Jones and Ta-Coumba Aiken with poems by Soyini Guyton

Between 12th and 13th Streets, Shadows of Spirit by Seitu Jones and Ta-Coumba Aiken with poems by Soyini Guyton is encountered in the pavement.

During summer 2018, Tableau: A Native American Mosaic by George Morrison, the final artwork in the collection of new and restored works, will be installed in the South Grove near the Loring Greenway.

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Nicollet Lanterns Installation

November 6 – 9, 2017

Nicollet Lanterns installation

Nicollet Lanterns installation

Blessing Hancock watching Nicollet Lanterns installation

Artist Blessing Hancock oversees installation by skilled fabricators and installers from Gizmo Art Production.

Nicollet Lanterns installation

Lantern’s interior contains LEDs that provide programmable multi-colored illumination.

Nicollet Lanterns Fabrication

September – October, 2017

Nicollet Lanterns installation

Nicollet Lanterns at the studio of Gizmo Art Production in San Francisco, CA during the final stages of fabrication, assembly and testing.

Nicollet Lanterns installation

Blessing Hancock’s Nicollet Lanterns detail

Nicollet Lanterns Coming this Week!

Blessing Hancock’s Nicollet Lanterns in fabrication

Blessing Hancock’s Nicollet Lanterns at the studio of Gizmo Art Production in San Francisco, CA during the final stages of fabrication, assembly and testing. Read about the design here and local writers Moheb Soliman, Sagirah Shahid, Junauda Petrus and R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Nu’Eta) whose poems are featured. Check back soon for installation photos.

Blessing Hancock’s Nicollet Lanterns being fabricated

Blessing Hancock’s Nicollet Lanterns detail

To learn more about the fabricator click Gizmo Art Production.