Community Planning & Economic Development

Public Arts Administration
105 5th Avenue South, Room 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Nicollet Mall Collection and New Commissions, Nicollet Mall Project

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Partners: CPED, Public Works, Downtown Council
Status: New artists selected, Current artwork going into temporary storage

The Nicollet Mall Project encompasses the complete reconstruction of the street and sidewalks along the 12 blocks of the Mall. Nicollet Mall contains the densest concentration of jobs and market values in Minnesota. It is a major retail, transit and pedestrian corridor and home to three fortune 500 companies, as well as the Minneapolis Central Library. In 2016 and 2017 Nicollet Mall will be undergoing a complete renovation.

Current Collection

The Mall currently features the largest collection of public and private artworks in Minneapolis, with the exception of the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. Most of the collection includes artworks owned by the City that were commissioned as part of the renovation of the Mall in the late 1980’s. These works represent some of the most important artists working in the region at that time from a range of cultural backgrounds. All of these works are being removed in the summer of 2015 and most will return newly conserved with the Mall is completed in 2017.

As part of the development of the new Mall design, Public Works and CPED are commissioning new works that complement the new Mall design, and represent the diverse range of public artists of this generation. The project’s goals are to commission new works of art that:

Artists and Artwork

A Public Art Committee was created to select artists to work with the Mall’s design team to integrate new works of art into the new Mall design. Two hundred and seventeen artists applied to a national open call. The committee selected the following artists:

For more information about their bios and designs, visit the project blog at  For more information, email Mary Altman

For more information contact Mary Altman.

Last updated Jul 7, 2017



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