Nicollet Mall Collection and New Commissions, Nicollet Mall Project
For up to date information on Nicollet Mall public art, visit nicolletmallart.org.
Partners: CPED, Public Works, Downtown Council
Status: New artists selected, Current artwork going into temporary storage
The Nicollet Mall Project encompasses the complete reconstruction of the street and sidewalks along the 12 blocks of the Mall. Nicollet Mall contains the densest concentration of jobs and market values in Minnesota. It is a major retail, transit and pedestrian corridor and home to three fortune 500 companies, as well as the Minneapolis Central Library. In 2016 and 2017 Nicollet Mall will be undergoing a complete renovation.
The Mall currently features the largest collection of public and private artworks in Minneapolis, with the exception of the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. Most of the collection includes artworks owned by the City that were commissioned as part of the renovation of the Mall in the late 1980’s. These works represent some of the most important artists working in the region at that time from a range of cultural backgrounds. All of these works are being removed in the summer of 2015 and most will return newly conserved with the Mall is completed in 2017.
As part of the development of the new Mall design, Public Works and CPED are commissioning new works that complement the new Mall design, and represent the diverse range of public artists of this generation. The project’s goals are to commission new works of art that:
- Are stimulating and contribute to the Mall’s reputation as a national destination.
- Engage adults and children at both large scale and detailed (intimate) levels.
- Contribute to Mall’s vitality and attract visitors.
- Represent the best creative ideas and the range of cultural communities in the City.
- Are compatible with the Mall design and current collection and the needs of the businesses and residents.
- Are durable and maintainable in the long term.
Artists and Artwork
A Public Art Committee was created to select artists to work with the Mall’s design team to integrate new works of art into the new Mall design. Two hundred and seventeen artists applied to a national open call. The committee selected the following artists:
- Ned Kahn of California, commissioned to create Prairie Tree a large-scale, iconic art piece for the mall.
- Blessing Hancock of Arizona, commissioned to design Nicollet Lanterns as part of the mall’s “light walk” between Sixth and Eighth streets.
- Tristan Al-Haddad of Georgia, commissioned to design Nimbus, a key feature on the mall integrated into the new Theater in the Round.
- Regina Flanagan of Minnesota, commissioned to work with the design team on integrating public artwork into the redesigned mall and coordinate community engagement events. Visit her blog here.
For more information contact Mary Altman.
Last updated Jul 7, 2017