September 12, 2006
The intersection of Van Buren and Pascal in St. Paul has joined the intersection of Englewood and Syndicate in the Paint the Pavement project. The new addition was painted on Saturday, September 9.
September 6, 2006
It's called Paint the Pavement and it's thanks to local resident Andrea Erickson who developed the program after being inspired by a similiar project in Portland, Ore.
The intersection of Van Buren and Pascal is slated for painting on Saturday, September 9, and more intersections are in the plans.
June 16, 2005
You Are Here is a map put out by the McKnight Foundation highlighting examples of art in the Twin Cities suburbs. The goal is to help people see art in unexpected places, like the 44-foot snowman built in the early 1970s in North St. Paul. It started as an eye-sore, but eventually became a source of civic pride.
Personally, I'd like to nominate some examples of inner-city art, including the King CDC playground fence, painted last fall by local artist Dale Johnson.
May 23, 2005
A new ad campaign for the Minneapolis Public Library's new downtown library, which will open in 2006, is drawing lots of criticism. The ad drawing the most complaints features former Chineese leader Mao and contrasts his totalitarian reign with the freedom of the library. Other ads in the series include J. Edgar Hoover, Casanova and Batgirl.
April 30, 2005
With the opening of the new downtown library, the Guthrie, the Walker Art Center and others—in total about $500 million dollars worth of museums, theaters and library—Minneapolis is set to be a major destination for the arts. And Minneapolis is preparing to let the world know.
Research shows that two-thirds of potential visitors and people relocating here for business aren't aware of the city's many attractions, said Karyn Gruenberg, vice president of marketing for the association. Minnesotans, who take such things for granted, don't realize that many outsiders view our state as cold and featureless, with little to do except hunt, fish and shiver.
Even without all the new editions I've always thought we had some unique architecture, like the Weisman Art Museum (pictured above).