Public art dedication for "Luminous" at Oaks Station Place Saturday, Oct. 19

The City of Minneapolis will dedicate a new public artwork, Luminous, Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m at Oaks Station Place, 3550 East 46th Street. 

Luminous, created by Chris Krumm and Clark Wiegman, is intended to become a Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood landmark inspired by the history of the surrounding granaries. It is also an environmental artwork with three distinctive components. Monument Grove frames the main entry as a cluster of illuminated reeds. Three Disclights continue the stalk motif and are bound together with functional lighting discs. The main sculpture, Monitor, is inspired by an invention by the neighborhood’s namesake, John Ericsson, and also by a similar sea vessel known as “The Turtle.” By peering in portals within the sculpture, plaza visitors can explore imaginary microscopic subterranean worlds.

Oaks Station Place was selected as the location for Luminous by the Public Art Advisory Panel because of its visibility. It is easy to access for neighborhood residents and ideal for a large number of transit viewers to view the installation as well. SENA also felt the location was significant due to the artwork’s connection with the neighborhood’s history.

During the event, brief comments about the significance of the new public artwork will be given by Minneapolis Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy, Oaks Station Place developer Norm Bjornnes, and Luminous artists Chris Krumm and Clark Wiegman at 12:45 pm. Refreshments and music by the Bob Ekstrand Trio will also be part of the day’s festivities.

Luminous is sponsored by the City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places Program, the Minneapolis Arts Commission, Oaks Properties, and the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA). Art in Public Places, which has been part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program for over 20 years, integrates public art into City infrastructure and development projects.

Published Oct. 18, 2013