Creative City Challenge finalists selected

Three teams have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Creative City Challenge. This year artists were asked to propose projects following the theme of Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. These teams will present their full proposals to a jury, which will select the winning team to install its project on The Commons to be unveiled at Northern Spark June 10.

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Christine Baeumler with Backyard Phenology Team and the Illuminated Reef Collective / BareBones Productions proposes the Multi-Species Menagerie (pictured at left), an exploration of the presence and absence of species in the urban environment of the Anthropocene. The project includes a phenology trail that provides opportunities for people to observe species in the urban core, and makes visible the species that have disappeared or could disappear from Minnesota while symbolically welcoming back species through participatory performance, storytelling and dance.

MINN_LAB’s Orbacles (pictured top right) is a triad of anthropomorphic spheres that interact with visitors around climate change through the language of our senses. The orbs change the space around them through light, sound and projection in response to natural and human inputs, spurring recognition, contemplation, familiarity, questioning, conversation, and response.

Wil Natzel’s Thinning Arctic Ice Pavilion (pictured bottom right) is inspired by the effect of climate changes on the arctic ice sheet. This spectacular and immersive architecture pavilion provides visitors with an experience that will inspire them to perceive and contemplate the thinning Arctic ice caused by rising temperatures.

Published Feb 8, 2017

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