New and restored public art coming to Nicollet Mall


As part of the overall revitalization of Nicollet Mall, public artworks are being restored and created to expand upon Minneapolis’ largest public art collection. All existing artwork has been removed, and a majority of the pieces are in the process of being conserved. Most of the pieces, along with three new major art installations, will be on Nicollet by the end of 2017.


The new artwork commissioned by the City includes:

·         An iconic wind sculpture by Ned Kahn, the designer of The Wave at Target Field.

·         Suspended lanterns by Blessing Hancock, with etched poems and prose by local writers, to be featured within Nicollet’s “Light Walk” between Sixth and Eighth Streets.

·         A key feature by Tristan Al-Haddad of Georgia.


Additionally, Minnesota artist Regina Flanagan has been selected to curate and integrate public art on Nicollet, coordinate community engagement and host a public blog. Throughout the revitalization, Regina will share artist profiles and behind-the-scenes details on both the new pieces as well as those being restored.


“The revitalization of Nicollet gave us a unique opportunity to refresh an amazing collection of public art and feature new works and artists," said City of Minneapolis public arts administrator Mary Altman.


Renovating the Past

Of the eight City-owned artworks previously featured along Nicollet, six are being restored and will return to the mall. A number of privately-owned works will remain as well.


The Sculpture Clock

One of the most extensive renovation projects is the Nicollet Sculpture Clock. 


Originally designed in 1968, the Sculpture Clock is the last remaining element of the historic 1960s design and has been a favorite, distinctive landmark for Minneapolis locals and visitors. Featuring both a street clock and kinetic sculpture, the art is comprised of hundreds of intricate moving pieces and was no longer in working order when it was removed from Nicollet in December 2015. Since then, a team of five experts, each with a unique role, has been busy researching the clock and sculpture’s original intention with the goal of restoring it to that state. The City has applied for a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant to completely conserve the Sculpture Clock.


Additional Restored Projects

Other artworks being restored and returning to the mall include:

·         Decorative manhole covers.

·         Shadows of Spirit.

·         Tableau.

·         Stone Boats.

·         Enjoyment of Nature.


Mary Tyler Moore

The ever-popular Mary Tyler Moore statue, which is owned by Viacom, will also return to Seventh Street and Nicollet. In the meantime, this statue can be viewed at the Minneapolis Visitor Information center on the corner of Fifth Street and Nicollet.


About the Nicollet Mall revitalization project

Originally constructed in 1968, Nicollet Mall was created to strengthen the appeal both for retail and downtown investment. Today, downtown Minneapolis is home to more than 130,000 jobs, and Nicollet Mall contains the densest concentration of jobs and market values in the state. This transit and pedestrian mall will be updated and re-envisioned to keep Minnesota attractive and vibrant in an increasingly competitive marketplace both nationally and globally.


For more information on the project, visit


About City of Minneapolis Public Art

For more than 30 years, the City of Minneapolis has enriched the lives of citizens and visitors by integrating public art into city planning, services design and infrastructure. 



Published Sep 12, 2016



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