“Wolf and Moose” wins 2016 Creative City Challenge

“Wolf and Moose” by Christopher Lutter, Heid Erdrich, Kim Ford, Karl Stoerzinger, Coal Dorius and Missy Adzick won the 2016 Creative City Challenge. It will debut on the Minneapolis Convention Center plaza June 11 as part of Northern Spark, an annual dusk-to-dawn festival in Minneapolis with tens of thousands of participants. “Wolf and Moose” will remain on the plaza through early October for public participation and as the site of public events.

“Wolf and Moose” (formerly known as Animalopolus Connectallus) consists of spectacle-scale animal sculptures of a wolf and moose that are interactive, animated and illuminated. . The sculptures are constructed using found and recycled materials. Interactive features include stationary bicycles which, when pedaled, provide animations inside the bodies of the animals breathing, their beating hearts and an illuminated, rotating Earth. The pedaling also powers a small speaker that plays recorded works of poetry and stories reflecting on our relationship with the animals and the Earth.

With the advent of the global warming age, the artists wish to demonstrate that Minneapolis is at the forefront of initiatives to live more sustainably and sanely. But even more, they wish to highlight that we have a widely shared culture of deep ecology, which is essential to bringing about genuine and enduring systemic change.

The Minneapolis Convention Center; the City’s Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program; and Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association, in collaboration with Northern Lights.mn and the Northern Spark festival, announced “Wolf and Moose” as the winner from among three finalists.

Learn more about “Wolf and Moose.”

More about the Creative City Challenge

The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center plaza a temporary, destination artwork that acts as a sociable and participatory platform for summer-long onsite programming and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city and its rich cultural and natural offerings. The commission fee for the winning project is $75,000 for all artist fees, installation and de-installation costs. Past winners were the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) in 2013, Balancing Ground in 2014 and mini_polis in 2015.

The plaza is a green roof located directly across from the convention center at 1301 Second Ave. S. The project goal is to draw Minneapolis visitors and residents to the Minneapolis Convention Center as a central meeting space and to provide a compelling gathering site for the convention center’s thousands of visitors from around the country and the world.

Published Feb 9, 2016

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