section of 4th Ave. bridge abuttment, showing portraits, along Midtown Greenway
The 4th Avenue South Bridge Project, Minneapolis , MN 98
This is a public arts project commissioned by the City f Minneapolis.
The project involved the enhancement of the new 4th Ave. S Bridge with the faces of important community activists and leaders. The portraits were sculpted in clay from life, molded in rubber, and then cast in concrete. A total of fifty portraits in all were completed for the project. The portraits were executed at my studio in north east Minneapolis in two hour sittings. Ten of the portraits were done from photographs. Working in an impressionistic style the clay faces were then applied to flat rock shapes that fit into the cast rock facade of the bridge abutment. The enhancements were the initiative of the Central Neighborhood Improvement Assoc., Honeywell, and the People of Phillips. The site is located in south Minneapolis between E. Lake St. and 28th St. at 4th Ave. The face castings are placed upon the underside of the bridge on the north abutment. The bridge crosses over the future Midtown Greenway (29th St. Railroad corridor) which will soon have bicycle and walking paths connecting the Mississippi River with the Chain of Lakes.
Centrifuge (at night)
Central Avenue Stelae, The 4020
Central Avenue Stelae, The 4020 (detail)
Central Avenue Stelae, The Flying Wheat Stalk
Fish and Frogs
4th Avenue South Bridge Project
Meridel Le Suer (bridge detail)