Archive for December 2007

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Sport by Peter Busa

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Valspar Mural Nearly 10 years after “Demolition,” Peter Busa returned to Valspar Corporation to paint “Sport” in 1982. This second mural is on the back of Valspar’s research and development lab. It was painted while the Metrodome was under construction across the tracks.

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Demolition by Peter Busa

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

"Demolition" by Peter Busa The Valspar Corporation in Minneapolis is one of the leading manufacturers of paint, so it seems only fitting that their headquarters is a lively abstract expressionist mural by Peter Busa. Painted in 1973, the stripes of the mural are visible from the nearby freeways and make for an iconic landmark.

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The Journey of the River and the Sun by Craig David

Friday, December 14th, 2007

The Journey of the River and the Sun, 1997 “The Journey of the River and the Sun” was created in 1997 by Craig David in the West Side neighborhood of St. Paul. It serves as a gateway to the District Del Sol and uses old pier stones from the Wabasha Street Bridge.

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Birth of a Nation by Rigel Sauri

Friday, December 14th, 2007

"Birth of a Nation" by Rigel Sauri “Birth of a Nation” was painted in 2002 by Rigel Sauri on the side of the Boca Chica restaurant in St. Paul’s West Side. It’s a bold mural, full of action and death.

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Wolves by Wally Shoop

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Wolves Sculpture at the Minnesota Zoo This bronze sculpture of wolves by Wally Shoop is located next to the wolf exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo. It’s a nice sculpture, as wolf sculptures go, though it strikes me a little odd to have a realistic wolf sculpture next to the real thing.

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Picnic at Newell Park by Chris Baird

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Mural by Chris Baird “Picnic at Newell Park” was painted in 1987 by Chris Baird. The mural is based on photos she took of nearby Newell Park and historic photos, probably from the Minnesota Historical Society. According to the artist, it was first painted as a two-color piece in yellow and dark blue, then followed by washes in green.

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Untitled by Gretchen Dreisbach

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

"Untitled" This untitled painting by Gretchen Dreisbach is hanging in the Como Park Conservatory in a room between the new fern room and the palm dome. It’s always struck me as a rather nondescript abstract painting. She didn’t even bother to title it (and a painting like this just screams for an even more abstract title). The sign next to it notes that it’s a gift of the artist, which makes me wonder if they felt obligated to hang it up somewhere.

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Earth Day Mural by Teresa Cox

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Earth Day Mural Visitors to St. Paul’s Como Zoo created this “Earth Day Mural” on April 22, 2000 with the help of artist Teresa Cox who designed and directed the project. ArtStart/ArtScraps also partnered on the project and Valspar Corporation donated the paint.

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H20 with Mind by Art Videen

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

H20 with Mind by Art Videen “H20 with Mind” is an eye-catching sculpture and fountain by Art Videen. It’s located at the corner of Grand and Ramsey in St. Paul, at the bottom of the Ramsey Hill and overlooking I-35E. It was installed around 2004 and includes a fountain that dribbles a small stream of water — which kind of makes it look the sculpture is peeing.

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Harmony by Richard Amos and Aziz Osman

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Harmony by Richard Amos and Aziz Osman “Harmony” by Richard Amos and Aziz Osman is fairly well hidden in the Midtown Exchange building on Lake Street in Minneapolis. It’s down a hall that goes back past the Alina Commons entrance, away from the Global Market. The hallway takes a quick jog and the painting is located there in the where the hallway jogs. It’s not the best location for such a vibrant, colorful painting.

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