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Through a variety of partnerships, the City of St. Louis Park has promoted and celebrated the creation of public art in the community. Learn about some of the city's public art projects below.

Project: Recollection & Promise

Artists: Amy Bauer & Brian Boldon
inplainsightart.com
Installation Date: 2013
About the Art: The art glass expresses the important role the city has played in shaping the past, while acknowledging its role in creating a bright future for St. Louis Park residents. Layering historic photographs with images captured from contemporary life in St. Louis Park, this artwork offers discovery for all citizens who experience it.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park
Location: St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.

Project: Autumnal Crescendo

Artists: Laura Richards + Wm. Grant Turnbull
laura-richards.com, williamgrantturnbull.com
Installation Date: 2013
About the Art: The artists created a series of monumental-scale leaves in a brushed stainless tube with colored glass. The leaves were chosen from thirteen common trees/shrubs found in St. Louis Park.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park
Location: W 36th Street between Park Center Boulevard and Raleigh Avenue

Project: Dream Elevator

Dream ElevatorArtists: Randy Walker
Installation Date: 2012
About the Art: Inspired by the Peavey-Haglin grain elevator of 1899-1900. The project is woven with strands of colored fiber and is accessible at street level by three door-size openings from which viewers can glimpse upward through the entire structure.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park and TowerLight
Location: Southeast Corner of Wooddale Avenue and West 36th Street

Project: 36th Street Public Art

Public Art, 36th StreetArtists: Marjorie Pitz
MarjoriePitz.com
Installation Date: September 2010
About the Art: This streetscape concept was developed to help create a friendly place for folks to relax and enjoy leisure time. Each art structures were placed by plants and trees to provide shade and pleasant viewing.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park and St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts
Location: West 36th Street between Wooddale Avenue and Highway 100

Project: Celebration of Peace

Celebration of PeaceArtists: Evelyn Raymond (1908-1998)
Installation Date: June 1997
About the Art: The sculpture represents an abstract ballet of doves flying in a circle. St. Louis Park sculptor Evelyn Raymond developed the idea for the Celebration of Peace as a heartfelt wish for peace as well as her tribute to the birds the enliven Wolfe Park. The art structure is 27 feet tall and constructed out of stainless steel.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park and St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts
Location: The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

Project: Children's Nest Egg

Artists: Jonee Kulman Brigham, Full Spring Studio with Swainhart Construction Services
fullspringstudio.com
Installation Date: September 2008Children's Nest Egg Public Art Installation
About the Art: The Children's Nest Egg is an interactive art piece where people can walk inside a giant nest, read poetry from community members engraved in metal on a wing-shaped bench. Visitors can sit on the bench to reflect on the natural scenery or ponder the 2 foot diameter "egg" inside the nest. The construction engaged community members by including their nature appreciation writings on the bench, through a participatory "nest-raising", and community gatherings at the Nature Center.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts, St. Louis Park Community Foundation, City of St. Louis Park Arts & Culture Grant program.
Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

Project: Allegory of Excelsior

Artists: Andrea Myklebust
myklebustsears.com
Installation Date: May 2003
About the Art: The bronze figure is gilded in 22-karat gold leaf and stands 9 feet when positioned upright; the total height of the art structure is 43 feet. This piece was created to symbolize the revitalization of the area. Excelsior means "higher" or "to the sky" in Latin, which is the purpose for the positioning of the figure. It is designed to give the illusion of a human figure soaring through the stars.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park, TOLD Development and St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts.
Location: Excelsior & Grand, 3820 Grand Way

Project: Found Spirals

Found SpiralsArtists: Stacia Goodman
staciagoodmanmosaics.com
Installation Date: September 2010
About the Art: This piece is a mosaic that was created with ceramic tiles, grout and found objects (trash). It was created to show the diversity of people that visit The Rec Center. It was also designed with "going green" in mind. It measures 5 feet tall by 9 feet wide.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts, St. Louis Park Art and Culture grant program and the St. Louis Park Community Foundation
Location: The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

WindtraceProject: Windtrace

Artists: Norman Anderson
Installation Date: October 2010
About the Art: It was designed to trace wind patterns in the sand.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park and Bader Development
Location: The Ellipse, 3920 Excelsior Blvd.

Project: Aurora Organ

Artists: Camille Utterback
creativenerve.com
Installation Date: January 2010
About the Art: It is a contemporary meditation on the possibilities of translating human presence into light using digital technology. The piece combines custom software, full-color RGB LEDs, touch sensors and traditional sculptural materials to create an intriguing experience for passersby of all ages. There are six columns of light; the colors in each column animate in various ways moving faster or slower, up or down depending on how they are tapped.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park, Duke Development, Jeffrey Anderson Real Estate and St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts.
Location: Showplace ICON Theatre at The Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd.

Project: Louisiana Oaks Park Public Art Features

Artists: Caprice Glaser
www.capriceglaser.com
Installation Date: October 2003
About the Art: This project introduced public art in community park development. Amenities include an angle worm balance beam, rainbow swing and sun pole, two 8-foot rainbow benches and an entrance sculpture with park signage.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park and St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts
Location: Louisiana Oaks Park, 3350 Louisiana Ave. S.

Project: Bee Way

Bee WayArtists: Foster Wiley Jr.
fosterwilley.com
Installation Date: August 2009
About the Art: This piece consists of two concrete columns, aluminum sculpture and a decorative bench. The sculptures were inspired by the 1939 historical Beehive fireplaces located on the Lilac Way (now Highway 100). The sculptures on top of the columns represent the flight of the bees as they move with the wind. The pattern on the plaza surface is shaped in hexagons to represent the honeycombs of a bee's nest. The plaza surface interacts with the shadows cast by the sculptures. The bench has a polished concrete surface and large metal wings for the backrest.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park, Duke Development, Jeffrey Anderson Real Estate and St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts
Location: The Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd.

Project: Spirit of Lenox

Spirit of LenoxArtists: Denise Tennen
Installation Date: September 2008
About the Art: The purpose of this piece is to welcome people to Lenox. The word welcome is written in many languages to reflect the many different cultures living in St. Louis Park.
Partners: City of St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts, St. Louis Park Community Education and the St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant Program.
Location: Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd