Malia Cole brings us our latest submission for "We Art Minnesota." Malia writes:
I have a long love affair with public art. As a day-dreamer of a kid, nothing was more amazing than coming upon a piece of magic just sitting there in front of me. No museum doors, entry fees, pretension, just art for me to interpret and adore. Out there for everyone, out there just for me.
As a working, 9 to 5 kind of adult, I have grown in my appreciation of public art. I understand the hard work and intention that make public art possible. And, now the art feeds a need in my life for beauty beyond my laptop and my excel spreadsheets.
My favorite piece (or many pieces) of art is the Everyday Poems for City Walk Project. Created by Saint Paul's Public Artist in Residence, Marcus Young and friends, Saint Paul Public Works, and Public Art Saint Paul, the project works in tandem with the City's sidewalk maintenance program and installs poetry where City sidewalks are replaced. In its first year, the project has the goal of one hundred stampings of twenty poems written by Saint Paul residents.
To find one of these poems on your Monday morning hike to the bus stop is a reminder to be human, a reminder that beauty is aways possible, everywhere. Sitting next to one of my favorite poems for the photo, a young girl comes out of her house to ask if I wrote it. I say no, I just love it. She then recites her favorite, on the spot, with a grin. She doesn't remember where she saw it, but it is now apart of her, moving through the world.
In case you can't make out the poem that Malia is sitting next to, here's a transcription:
I don't know enough
about balance to tell you
how to do it
I think though
it's in the trying
and the letting go
That the scales measuring
right and wrong quiver
and stand still.
Thanks, Malia, for the wonderful contribution! And for those of you interested in learning more about the sidewalk poetry project, you can find Chris Roberts' story here.
If you'd like to submit your favorite work of art that belongs to Minnesota, we'd love to hear from you.
Minnesota author (and former MPR reporter) Leif Enger was interviewed in yesterday's edition of the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Enger is the author of two acclaimed books, "Peace Like a River" and more recently "So Brave, Young, and Handsome," the latter of which has just been published in Italian. Seeking atonement for one's sins is a major theme in the novel.
This on the heels of the announcement that the Vatican has declared the Cathedral of St. Paul a national shrine.
Mineapolis-based Barrie D'Rozario Murphy (BD'M) received top honors for three of its video creations at a recent competition hosted, in part, by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two of the short animated films were advertisements for United Airlines ("sea orchestra" is above, the "heart" ad can be found here).
In addition, a 30-minute film created for Chambers Art Hotel in Minneapolis was also recognized for creative marketing. It features what appears to be surveillance video of hotel rooms and other corners of the building (personally I like the couple swing dancing in their room, best, although the woman feeding the sheep is restful). To see a clip that features samples of the Chambers surveillance camera shots, visit the BD'M website, go to "new work" and look under "brand experiences."
The Show's winning entries initially will be screened at MoMA, and then will go on tour across the U.S., including a stop in Minneapolis later this year. Once the tour ends, the 2009 Show winners will become part of MoMA's permanent film collection.(1 Comments)
This is the first in what I hope will be a semi-regular series on "how to do stuff" - arts-related stuff, of course. Since I've been marbling paper at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for the past year, I thought I'd start there.
The video above is by no means comprehensive. If you want more information about the history and various techniques of paper marbling, click here. For a vast array of different pattern samples, click here. If you're interested in trying paper marbling yourself, the MCBA holds classes about twice a year, with open studio days for you to marble on your own every few months.