By Tim Springer
Want to help determine a new sculpture in the neighborhood? Phillips residents and Midtown Greenway users are invited to vote for your favorite design from among three finalists for the proposed light-emitting sculpture. The sculpture will be owned by the Midtown Greenway Coalition and will be installed at the top of Greenway’s 18and Access ramp to the avenue. The sculpture will bring beauty and joy, provide light and become a landmark helping people find their way to and from the greenway. Thank you to design phase donors: Circulo De Amigos, Ingebretsen’s, East Phillips Improvement Coalition, and the City of Minneapolis Southside Green Zone.
You are eligible to vote if you live in the greater Phillips neighborhood or if you are a Midtown Greenway user who lives in the Twin Cities.
Which sculpture makes you say “Wow!”, inspires joy, fantasy, laughter or awe, and/or welcomes you, and conveys peace, love and unity? Consider the three options below and vote!
The voting deadline is March 31, 2022.
Vote online: to visit www.midtowngreenway.org and scroll down on the home page to find a link to the survey.
Vote by SMS: Text 612-355-9600 and answer the following questions: (1) Which voter class do you fall into, Greater Phillips Ward Resident or General Greenway User? (2) Which sculpture is your favorite, New Dawn (flowers), Sunflake or Falcon? (3) What is your postal code? (4) Optional, your email address if you want project updates. For example, “Phillips, New Dawn, 55407, [email protected]”
Here are the three finalists, presented in a randomly generated order.
Name of work: new dawn
Dimensions: 17 feet high, 12 feet wide
Materials: Stainless steel, enamelled steel and LED lights
Inspiration: Inspired by the moment the flowers opened to welcome the new dawn
Artist name: Heather Doyle (her)
Location of the artist: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Artist website: www.cafac.org/art-public
Name of work: sun flake
Dimensions: 15 ½ feet high, 12 feet wide
Materials: Steel structure, polycarbonate, aluminum, yellow powder coating, LED lights
Inspiration: Inspired by snowflakes from Minnesota winter storms
Artist name: Jeff Zischke (he/him)
Location of the artist: Scottsdale, AZ
Artist website: www.jeffzischke.com
Name of work: Falcon
Dimensions: 20 feet long, 16 feet wide, 23 feet high
Materials: Stainless steel, LED lights
Inspiration: Recovery of endangered species. Minneapolis has an active program to restore falcons to the area.
Artist name: Fairfield Enterprises, LLC
- Stephen Fairfield (he/him)
- David Olsen (he/him)
- Kempton (they)
Location of the artist: St. David, Arizona
Artist website: www.newmediasculpture.com