Saint Paul, MINN –The Lowertown Ballpark Public Art Selection Committee is pleased to announce it has selected the local Twin Cities artist team, Futures North, as the art team for the Lowertown Ballpark project.
Futures North is a collaborative design+build team comprised of Daniel Dean, John Kim, Molly Reichert, and Adam Marcus. They have broad experience with projects that involve parametric design, digital fabrication technologies, the development of custom technologies for installation and performance, collaboration, and constructing large-scale interior and exterior interactive projects for major museums, gallery spaces and commission-based public art exhibitions.
Highlights of Futures North’s portfolio include:
- LakeForms, a finalist in the 2013 Minneapolis Creative City Challenge, is an interactive pavilion that invites visitors into the Minneapolis Convention Center
- The Sonic Articulation of Sunbeams, commissioned by the Bakken Museum and inspired by the museum’s collection of vintage medical equipment, is an interactive public sculpture that features a green energy component
- Centennial Chromagraph, a large-scale public installation featuring 8,080 colored number 2 pencils and 100 robotically fabricated plywood ribs. The piece was commissioned for the celebration of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture’s centennial celebration
The $170,000 Lowertown Public Art RFQ drew 133 submissions from artists from 30 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Italy.
“We were thrilled with the number of high-quality proposals we received for this project,” said Jody Martinez, the City’s project manager. “After careful review of all of the submissions and the interview process, Futures North stood out as the team with both the necessary experience and creative vision needed for the Lowertown Ballpark.”
The Futures North team plans to draw upon the Ballpark’s architectural elements as well as the Lowertown neighborhood itself as it works to create the ballpark’s public art component. Their goal is to create an experiential artwork that embraces the experience of attending a baseball game while adding an inspiring presence to the surrounding area.
Futures North will collaborate with the ballpark design team to develop design schemes for the public art installation. General public input on the design schemes will be solicited via the Lowertown Ballpark Design and Construction Committee and online polling that will help guide the final art installation.
The Lowertown Ballpark public art program is the first of many opportunities for artists to be involved in the ballpark project. Additional opportunities will be announced in the future.