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: Nearly complete
The Nicollet Mall Project encompassed 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 underwent a complete renovation.
The Mall 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 were removed in 2015 and most have returned to the Mall as part of the Mall renovation.
As part of the development of the new Mall, Public Works and CPED commissioned new works to complement the new Mall design, and represent the diverse range of public artists of this generation. The project’s goals were 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.
- The artists bios and designs.
- Audio tours of the public art and other amenities on Nicollet Mall.
- Interactive map of all of the art on Nicollet.
For more information contact Mary Altman.
Last updated Mar 11, 2019