Public Art: Minneapolis the City of Art

Downtown Minneapolis Public Art Mural Truman

Yes lots of cities say they have art but most are tucked away inside buildings, require special lighting, glass and temperature and can only be admired by those with bucks in their pockets. What if you could walk a city, a city like downtown Minneapolis and be surrounded by a city of art!

I feel fairly well-traveled but I don’t think I’ve visited a city with such great public art! So much public art you don’t need a map because there’s something on every block – or at least it seems like it to a visitor like me.  Minneapolis definitely celebrates what appears to be a vibrant art community and a luv for their city! Everything from the amazing mural above by Adam Turman and his iconic Minnesota girl doing what she luv’s every season to the 70 manhole covers with local flora and fauna. Yes, there’s poetry too and bronze shadows in the sidewalk.  If you’re nearby at the Convention center, you can’t miss what I call the river float bench with a bronze version of an inflatable raft for a bench seat and fish beneath.

In case you’re wondering how I find this fab public art? I do my usual bit getting the most out of my time in a new city which means, getting up a bit earlier (30 minutes) for a short run to check the sites and getting out to walk after a working day to grab a bite.  Yes you could sleep more and I’ll sleep more when I’m dead, but for now I’m planning to get the most out of any new city I visit even if I’m there to work!

P.S. After a walk for dinner, I’d definitely suggest a walk to the local handmade ice cream shop Sebastian Joe’s.  You feel a bit better eating their amazing small batch ice cream if you can walk it off heading back to your hotel or your home!  They also have local art for sale on their walls too!

Enjoy your time exploring a new city even if it’s your own!

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Public Art: Minneapolis Utility Box Art

Minneapolis Utility Box Public Art Wine

You likely know from my blog I’m a fan of public art and that includes utility boxes. I try to hunt it down or just be surprised whenever I find it! Recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota I stumbled on a series of utility box public art along Hennepin Avenue. Forgive the quality of the photos since I was only armed with my phone camera on this walk.

Fabulous art based on interpreting the famous speech on the Seven Ages of Man from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” .  No I didn’t know this speech already either, but once you read it or hear it the utility box public art takes on a whole new meaning besides just great art! This was a joint project between the Hennepin Theatre and City of Minneapolis.

Always great to see a city bring color and imagination to what would normally be unattractive boxes just begging for random graffiti.  I have to say I was pretty impressed with downtown Minneapolis. It has an amazing amount of public art, great outdoor dining, fabulous local farm foods and a walking friendly downtown! Luv it -except that living in Southern California I’m not sure I’d survive the winter weather – heck I barely survive Pacific Northwest weather.

If you get a chance to visit well worth staying in downtown!