Four artists selected for Nicollet Mall redesign
Four artists have been selected to work with the Nicollet Mall design team to create and integrate new works of art to complement the mall’s current uses and future look. Their draft design concepts will be presented to the City this fall.
The artists selected:
- Tristan Al-Haddad, of Georgia, commissioned to design a key feature on the mall.
- Regina Flanagan, of Minnesota, commissioned to work with the design team on integrating public artwork into the redesigned mall.
- Blessing Hancock, of Arizona, commissioned to design suspended lanterns as part of the mall’s “light walk” between Sixth and Eighth streets.
- Ned Kahn, of California, commissioned to create one large-scale, iconic art piece for the mall.
The City received 217 applications from artists who were interested in developing new Nicollet Mall art. The mall is second only to Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden for having the city’s largest collection of public and private artworks. Most of the mall’s current works of art were commissioned in the late 1990s as part of the last renovation.
The Nicollet Mall redesign project encompasses the complete reconstruction of the street and sidewalks along the 12 blocks of the mall from Washington Avenue to Grant Street. The grand opening of the new Nicollet Mall is scheduled for 2017.
The original vision for Nicollet Mall, constructed in 1968, was to strengthen Downtown’s appeal for retail and investment. Today, Nicollet Mall contains the densest concentration of jobs and market values in Minnesota. The mall is a major dining, retail, transit and pedestrian corridor and is home to three Fortune 500 companies and the Minneapolis Central Library. The redesign is expected to make Nicollet Mall an even better destination for people from across the city and the region.
For more information on the project, visit NicolletMallProject.com.
Published Jul 1, 2015