“Meander” selected as public art piece
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.
Futures North, a collaborative design and build team of Twin Cities artists, is in charge of the public art program for the Lowertown Ballpark. The Futures North team will draw upon the ballpark’s architectural elements as well as the Lowertown neighborhood itself as they work 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.
Team members Daniel Dean, John Kim, Molly Reichert, and Adam Marcus 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.