While Minneapolis and St. Paul are often heralded for their arts and culture scene, public art is booming well beyond the Twin Cities. It is an ever-increasing consideration for cities, from public planning to private development, and is used to not only beautify the community, but to increase economic development, solve problems and spark dialogue.
As you venture out and about this spring, check out local public art and rediscover areas of your community, and explore new ones, as well. There is Artstreet in Hopkins, Public Art Edina, Minnetonka’s Partners in Art at Ridgedale, Creative Placemaking in the South Loop in Bloomington and several ongoing projects in Eden Prairie.
As an extension of the Eden Prairie Art Center, several new public art programs have been introduced to the community. The 2019 Rotating Art Series committee selected three new pieces for exhibition, and two of them were generously donated by the artists for permanent display. May 2020 will bring three new works for the public to view.
A National Endowment for the Arts grant in 2018 was the catalyst for the Wrap Project, which wraps metal storage/utility boxes around town—we are at eight and counting. A large-scale public artwork consisting of four sculptures is going to be installed on Preserve Boulevard as part of a reconstruction project. These are just a few of the public art works and happenings in Eden Prairie along with several pieces already on display throughout public facilities.
Pictured: Minnesota River Vista Overlook Mural
Artist: Jenna Myrland
Artist Apprentices: Students from Performing Institute of Minnesota