After soliciting input from the project team, the Lowertown Ballpark Design and Construction Committee, and the general public, “Meander” has been selected as the public art piece for the Lowertown Ballpark’s West Plaza.
Designed with 28 sculptural pillars, Meander is inspired by the Upper Mississippi River’s shape, bathymetry, and the 28 locks along its course from Saint Anthony Falls, Minnesota, to St. Louis, Missouri. Each section will be artistically fabricated out of cast glass and masonry – made from silica and lime harvested from the Mississippi River Valley. Both materials have been crucial to the industrial history of Saint Paul. The glass cap of each piece will contain an embedded LED light, illustrating the changing water conditions of the river and organically reacting to viewers’ presence.
“We drew our inspiration for Meander from the Mississippi River, which is such an integral part of Saint Paul. We are excited to move forward with this piece,” said John Kim from Futures North, the design and build collaborative which is designing the public art for the ballpark. “As a part of the voting process, we received some great feedback from the project team, the Lowertown Ballpark Design and Construction Committee, and the public, which we are incorporating to involve the community in the design of the project.”
Now that the design has been selected, Futures North will finalize the sculptural and interactive electronic elements of the artwork and develop prototypes to test the materials to be used in the piece.