Engagement and Communications
Curate/Integrate Public Art for Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 2015-2018
I was honored to be one of four artists selected through a nationwide search along with Ned Kahn, Tristan Al-Haddad and Blessing Hancock to work on the re-design of Nicollet Mall by James Corner Field Operations.
My unique role included fielding a website and blog Nicollet Mall Public Art, Culture and Public Process www.nicolletmallart.org/ which unveils the creative process and provides insight into the history of public art's relationship with urban planning and design downtown.
I authored original stories, opinion pieces, interviews with artists and writers, videos and photo essays resulting in an archive in real-time documenting Nicollet’s new art and returning historic works.
Most fascinating is the story of the Sculpture Clock by Jack Nelson, the oldest artwork in the public art collection dating from landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s acclaimed 1968 design for the Mall. Click on the website sample page to read the story.
I also contributed interpretive texts for two public art tours of Nicollet: the City of Minneapolis map-based tour and an audio app sponsored by the Minneapolis Downtown Council that you can listen to on your phone while walking Nicollet.
Public Art for the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge, Detroit, Michigan 2009-2010
With HNTB Corporation
The new Bagley Pedestrian bridge links Mexicantown neighborhoods that were severed by the construction of the I-75/I-96 corridor in the 1970s. I managed all phases of the public art commission by Detroit artist Hubert Massey including the selection process and community forums.
An elderly resident’s sage observations during one of the forums provided the spark for Hubert’s 40-foot ceramic mural entitled “The Spiral of Life.”
Transportation engineers might benefit from learning about the project, so HNTB engineer Eric Polvi, Andrew Zeigler of the Michigan Department of Transportation and I authored a paper “The Ambassador Bridge Gateway Bridge Public Art Case Study: Connecting Neighbors Through Public Art.” The paper was chosen by the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC for presentation at their 2011 annual conference and subsequently published.