North Arrow sculpture

Client

The Ackerberg Group

Service

Environmental Design

Creative Team

Enviro Lab Leads Sam Ero-Phillips and Uyen Phan with assistance from Enviro Lab apprentices Tyanna W., Demetra W., Angel V., Dean, Tenzin, and Chango C.

Creative Solution

North Arrow was designed to show movement. Derived from the idea of graffiti-style letters with arrows and flow, the arrow points to cardinal north but also directs energy and foot traffic towards Downtown Minneapolis. also directs energy and foot traffic towards North Minneapolis. This thin, lightweight structure, made from a series of thin metal poles, shows connectivity in and out of the ground. The arch form of this public art piece was intentionally designed and placed to frame and accentuate the skyline visible in the background. The viewer’s perspective is also taken into account: when one travels around this very busy transit corridor, the form is ever-changing and depends on one’s physical location in relation to the structure.

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