Upper Harbor Terminal Park Public Art Plan

Client

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Service

Community Engagement, Concept Design and Planning

Creative Team

Tactical Urbanism and Environmental Design Labs

Creative Solution

Miles of parks line the Mississippi River in South Minneapolis. On the Northside, it’s miles of industry. That could soon change as the Upper Harbor barge terminal is redeveloped for housing, entertainment, and a public park.

The Minneapolis Park And Recreation Board hired JXTA to plan public art for the new park. We started by interviewing graf­fiti artists, environmental justice advocates, and others connected to the riverfront. We then translated their stories into concepts for public art. Taken together our public art concepts sent a clear message: This river belongs to people, not industry.