The Art of Baseballs – on display at the Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl

Location: The Union Depot, Saint Paul
Date: April 25, 26 & 27

Lowertown, Saint Paul is known for its artists. Come spring of 2015 it will also be known as the home of the St Paul Saints. To celebrate the new Saints ballpark in Lowertown, 108 artists have created works of art on baseballs that will be on display at the Union Depot during the Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl.

The St Paul Saints provided the St Paul Art Collective with 108 regulation size baseballs. On a first-come basis, 108 artists each collected one new baseball at the AZ Gallery in March. They had one month to transform this baseball into a work of art with the freedom to follow their creativity where it may lead. Mike Veeck, co-owner of the St Paul Saints, and St Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will judge the art baseballs and award prizes to their favorites.

The baseballs will be shown together for the first time at the Union Depot on April 25, 26, and 27th during the Spring Art Crawl and these works of baseball art will constitute a fitting welcome to Lowertown’s new baseball team, the St Paul Saints. Don’t miss this chance to choose your favorites at this unique new family friendly exhibit!

“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.

“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. 

“Meander” video

One lane of Broadway Ave. to be closed March 24-April 25

Due to construction, the eastern most northbound lane on Broadway Avenue from 5th Street-6th Street will be closed from March 24-April 25.  Parking meters on the west side of Broadway will also be closed.  Drivers will still be able to access the entrance ramp to 94E.

The affected area is highlighted in red on the map below.

Lane-Closure-March-April

(Google Maps)

Weekend Work

Due to the extremely cold weather over the past couple of months, crews will be working at the Lowertown Ballpark construction site the next two Saturdays, March 1 and March 8.  Saturday work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.

Which one of these two public art concepts/designs do you prefer for the Lowertown Ballpark?

Vote now for your favorite public art piece for the Lowertown Ballpark.  To cast your ballot, simply click on the link below to be taken to the voting page.

Vote Here

Learn more about the public art concepts/designs (large file may take a moment to download)

Learn more about Futures North, a collaborative design and build team of Twin Cities artists,who developed the two concepts/designs for the Lowertown Ballpark.

Public art concepts (scroll down to view both options)

Scheme A Field Condition

Field Condition

Option 1 – Field Condition

Field Condition is a dynamic, interactive public art piece for Lowertown Ballpark’s West Plaza. It is a wall-mounted sculpture, consisting of 735 cut aluminum baseball bats. LED lights are embedded on the end of each bat and create an interactive field of pixels on which animations are projected.  In the months leading up to the construction of the piece, the design team, Futures North, will host Batting Practice! across the state of Minnesota in order to digitally collect three dimensional swing patterns of
baseball and softball players from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and locations. This data will be used as inspiration for both the design of the sculpture and the animations projected by it.

Field Condition Animation

Learn more about Field Condition

Scheme B - Meander

Meander

Option 2 – Meander

Meander is a dynamic, interactive public art piece for Lowertown Ballpark’s West Plaza.  Comprised of 28 sculptural objects and it is inspired by the Upper Mississippi River’s shape, bathymetry, and 28 locks along its course from Saint Anthony Falls, Minnesota, to St. Louis, Missouri. Each section is artistically fabricated out of cast glass and masonry — made from silica and lime harvested from the Mississippi River Valley which have been crucial to the industrial history of Saint Paul. The glass cap of each piece contains an embedded LED light, which illustrates the changing water conditions of the river and organically reacts to viewers’ presence.

Meander Animation

Learn more about Meander

Save the date: Listenting session with Futures North

Please join us, Futures North, the Lowertown Ballpark public art team, as
we meet and learn from the communities of St. Paul and beyond.

LISTENING SESSION: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 — Come meet us!
6-8pm at Jerome Hill Hall – 180 E. 5th St.

BATTING PRACTICE: **TENTATIVE DATE** January 25, 2014, 1-3pm
1500 Rice St, St Paul

Come hit balls with us at Rice & Arlington Batting Cages, and
talk about our ideas for the project. Check website for details.

More Details: http://lb-publicart.tumblr.com
Share Your Thoughts: lowertown@futures-north.com
We Are Futures North: http://www.futures-north.com

Ballpark Futures North Event

Northbound lane of Broadway Avenue to be closed December 4-6

From Wednesday, December 4, through Friday, December 6, the northbound lane of Broadway Avenue will be closed so crews can continue the demolition of the Diamond Products building.  Drivers will still be able to access 94 via Broadway from 5th Street during this closure.

While the lane is closed, crews will be working longer hours to ensure the work gets completed on schedule.  Crews are anticipated to work one to two additional hours per day.

A downloadable map of the closure can be found here here.

LTBP-Street-Closure

Lowertown Ballpark Update Video

In this Lowertown Ballpark construction update video, we meet John Kim of the artist team Futures North, chosen to design public art at the ballpark. We also talk with Louis Jambois, to learn about the Saint Paul Port Authority’s involvement in the project.