Titled Local Connections by Keith Christensen

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The Government Plaza stop on the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit (LRT) line on 5th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Minneapolis features “Titled Local Connections” by artist Keith Christensen. The work is a collection of captioned photos in shelter panels featuring gloves and aerial maps as well as a pair of towering obelisks that feature various phrases in different languages. The various text is supposed to hint at the meaning of democracy, but that’s not always clear.

The work in general isn’t very clear. I didn’t realize the obelisks and shelter panels were connected until I realized a symbol near the top of one of the obelisks was the same one used in the photographs in the shelter panels. Until then I assumed the shelter panels were a bizarre public service advertisement for some non-profit. It’s probably better than typical shelter panel advertising, but the whole work could stand to be more coherent and induce less head-scratching.

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