Installation of public art on Nicollet is reaching a crescendo!
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After years of effort – selecting artists to design and refine artwork conceived especially for Nicollet, the complex fabrication of new work and careful restoration of historic works, and finally, installation – the collection is nearly complete.
In September and October 2018, Tableau – A Native American Mosaic by esteemed Minnesota artist George Morrison was re-installed in the Loring Grove at the south end of Nicollet.
Coming in November 2018, Nimbus by Tristan Al-Haddad will be installed in the forecourt of Central Library, hovering over the Theater in the Round, and it will be quite a spectacle!
What’s Happening Now blog presently features a photo essay about the careful re-installation of Tableau – A Native American Mosaic.
On this website, you will find stories about Ned Kahn’s Prairie Tree located near WCCO and Blessing Hancock’s Nicollet Lanterns between Sixth and Eighth Streets animated with poems by Minneapolis writers Junauda Petrus, Moheb Soliman, Sagirah Shadid, and R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (Nu’Eta).
You can also read about the popular Hail Minnesota! manhole covers by Kate Burke that have returned to Nicollet along with three works by Minnesota artists: Shadows of Spirit by Seitu Jones and Ta-coumba Aiken with poems by Soyini Guyton; Kinji Akagawa’s Enjoyment of Nature; and Stone Boats by Stanton Sears..
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.
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