Prairie Tree has alighted on Nicollet Mall! The sculpture by Ned Kahn, first of three new pieces, was recently installed. The mesmerizing work, located on the northeast corner of the intersection with 11th Street near WCCO, is composed of 2,304 shiny wind vanes mounted overhead that oscillate with every puff of wind.
What did it take to install Prairie Tree? Click here for a photo essay documenting the process.
If you’ve been anticipating the return of the Sculpture Clock by Jack Nelson, the only remaining work from the 1960s design for the Mall, your wait is almost over. The kinetic sculpture will be installed within the next three weeks at the southeast corner of the 11th Street intersection; its usual spot. During a recent visit to the restoration studio, I had one final opportunity to get close-up and produced this video.