During Fall 2015, all of the public art was removed from Nicollet Mall in anticipation of its reconstruction. Many of these works, originally installed in 1992 by Minnesota artists who were establishing their reputations, have reappeared on Nicollet.
The first artworks that returned were Shadows of Spirit by Seitu Jones, Ta-coumba Aiken and Soyini Guyton and Kate Burke’s beloved Hail Minnesota manhole covers. Later in 2017, Kinji Akagawa’s seating ensemble Enjoyment of Nature was re-sited. In 2018, Stanton Sears’s Stone Boats and George Morrison’s granite paving carpet Tableau – A Native American Mosaic returned to Nicollet.