Public Art and Central Corridor

by Laura Nichols-Endres | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Central Corridor will begin bringing people into downtown Saint Paul beginning in 2014. Many of these people may be unfamiliar with downtown Saint Paul. Many of these new visitors will likely be arriving for a cultural or sports event.

We propose a series of playful public art pieces to connect each of the downtown LRT stations with cultural attractions. More than simple wayfinding, these artworks could relate to the theaters, music venues, museums or sports venues in downtown. Similar to public art in Chicago's Millennium Park or other venues, the pieces could be interactive, playful and memorable.

A series of public artwork is an exciting opportunity for arts, cultural and entertainment venues to extend their visibility, while boosting the vitality of downtown Saint Paul overall.

The project is based on many of the principals of successful creative placemaking as defined by the national ArtPlace initiative, including:
- placing artists and art at the center of planning, execution and activity;
- leveraging the creative potential already present in a place;
- creates interesting places that capitalize on distinctiveness;
- creates a place where people want to go and linger;
- is always presenting itself to the public and encouraging pedestrian activity.

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About You

First Name

Laura

Last Name

Nichols-Endres

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United States

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Organization Name (if applicable)

Minnesota Children's Museum

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Organization Phone

651-225-6039

Organization Address

10 West 7th Street

City

Saint Paul

Organization Country

United States, ME

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Public Art and Central Corridor

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Central Corridor will begin bringing people into downtown Saint Paul beginning in 2014. Many of these people may be unfamiliar with downtown Saint Paul. Many of these new visitors will likely be arriving for a cultural or sports event.
We propose a series of playful public art pieces to connect each of the downtown LRT stations with cultural attractions. More than simple wayfinding, these artworks could relate to the theaters, music venues, museums or sports venues in downtown. Similar to public art in Chicago's Millennium Park or other venues, the pieces could be interactive, playful and memorable.
A series of public artwork is an exciting opportunity for arts, cultural and entertainment venues to extend their visibility, while boosting the vitality of downtown Saint Paul overall.
The project is based on many of the principals of successful creative placemaking as defined by the national ArtPlace initiative, including:
- placing artists and art at the center of planning, execution and activity;
- leveraging the creative potential already present in a place;
- creates interesting places that capitalize on distinctiveness;
- creates a place where people want to go and linger;
- is always presenting itself to the public and encouraging pedestrian activity.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Public art already has a strong place in Saint Paul. Involving cultural organizations in collaborative planning with local artists, and connecting the pieces to the new Central Corridor line would all be new innovations.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This project would primarily help visitors find their way from the Central Corridor to the various attractions in downtown Saint Paul. It would help people new to navigating our city on foot feel more comfortable and excited about being downtown. Engaging, interactive public artworks would also add to the feeling of Saint Paul as a thriving destination, with a unique and creative flair.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

A successful partnership between transportation, cultural organizations and local public artists would have many applications in other cities. The end product would be highly visible and engaging to millions of people who come through Saint Paul over the lifespan of these artworks. A portion of the funding could be set aside for regular maintenence or replacement of the art pieces as they age.

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