Public Art Saint Paul celebrates its 30th anniversary with a series of events honoring the city, its residents and the many artists who have contributed to the fabric of Saint Paul over the past 30 years.
“From small-scale gestures to large-scale events, Public Art Saint Paul has contributed significantly to the fabric of Saint Paul for 30 years,” says executive director Colleen Sheehy. “It’s time to celebrate the city we love, the longevity of this vital organization, and the many artists and community leaders who have contributed over the years.”
June 10–11, 8:45 pm–5:26 am
Bees Live Here @ Northern Spark
Union Depot, 240 E. Kellogg Boulevard #70
“Bees Live Here” is a project developed by Susan Brown—artist, beekeeper, and chef/entrepreneur behind Mademoiselle Miel, a Saint Paul-based maker of locally sourced chocolate and honey confections. Working with videographer Brian Lesteberg, Susan will display a video installation on the façade of Union Depot, showing a rare glimpse of bees inside their beehive on Union Depot’s roof. Every hour on the hour, poets published in the recent anthology If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems, edited by Jim Lenfestey, will read odes to bees at Public Art Saint Paul’s “Utopian Podium.” Visitors also can step to the podium to voice their ideas for how to help bees thrive and receive a free honey stick.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES IN EVERY WARD (all are free and open to public)
Join us for lemonade, cake, printmaking, giveaways and more during each of our birthday parties!
Tuesday, June 13, noon – 1:30 pm
Western Sculpture Park (Ward 1), 387 Marion Street
Join Heart and Soul Drum Academy and artists Melvin Smith and John Hock amid 15 amazing sculptures.
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Saint Paul Streets and Sidewalks (Ward 3), Mattocks Park, 451 Macalester Street
Project artists Lisa Elias and Brad Kaspari with City Artist Aaron Dysart share stories behind the flower-stem stop sign posts.
Saturday, July 15, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Meditation sculpture by Lei Yixin (Ward 6), Phalen Park Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Drive
Learn about the creation of this beautiful sculpture by the international Chinese artist Lei Yixin as part of the MN Rocks! project with Public Art Saint Paul founder Christine Podas-Larson.
Thursday, July 20, 6 – 7:30 pm
Cajibracan sculpture by Peter Morales (Ward 4), Hamline Park, 1564 Lafond Avenue
Artist Peter Morales talks about the creation of his whimsical mythological sculpture for the Minnesota Rocks! Project.
Wednesday, August 16, 6 – 7:30 pm
Bee Real Bee Everywhere: Sculpture and Pollinator Project (Ward 5), Como Park, Intersection of Horton and Como Avenues
See the newly installed bee “high-rise,” hear from artists Christine Baeumler, Amanda Lovelee, and Julie Benda, and experience the bee cargo bike, The Office of Urban Pollen Exchange, in action.
Friday, September 8, 6 – 10 pm
Urban Flower Field (Ward 2), 114 E. 10th Street
City Artist Amanda Lovelee and the project team discuss the development of this transitional space where sunflowers grow to five feet tall. At sunset, enjoy the birthday-themed film classic, John Hughes’s Sixteen Candles.
Ward 7 Birthday Party date & place to be announced.
OTHER 30TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Bee Real Bee Everywhere
The artist team of Christine Baeumler, Amanda Lovelee, and Julie Benda are designing urban bee habitat “high-rises” that will invite bees to take up residence. The first one will be installed in the Como Lake neighborhood in July. The educational outreach cargo bike, called “The Office of Urban Pollen Exchange,” will visit Saint Paul libraries and parks for bee education activities. View a complete list of locations, dates and times for Bee Real Bee Everywhere events.
Urban Flower Field
2017 will mark four summers of towering sunflowers growing in Urban Flower Field, making the corner of 10th and Robert magical while also testing science in public space. This year, biologist Adam Kay’s University of Saint Thomas students have installed lysimeters to measure compost runoff. PASP’s September 8 birthday party will take place in Urban Flower Field.
Pop Up Meeting
Summer 2017 marks the third season of Pop Up Meeting, an innovative way of gathering input from more people about the future of Saint Paul. The electric Pop Up Meeting truck will make 40 stops between June and September, working with City departments that decide the neighborhoods to visit and the topics for which they seek community input. Participants share thoughts in exchange for a locally made St. Pops popsicle!
Public Art and Frogs at Hmongtown Marketplace
Public Art Saint Paul will gather community input on public sculpture at the Hmongtown Marketplace during the Hmongtown Festival June 24 and 25. In addition, PASP partner Frogtown Green will host FrogLab at the Market every Saturday, 1-4 pm, through September 30, where visitors can make art focused on frogs, snakes, fish, and other aquatic denizens.
Workshops at Western Sculpture Park
Weekly Environmental Art-making Workshops begin Tuesday, June 13, and run through August 22, 10 am–12:30 pm. Workshops are free, drop-in, and open to young people of all ages. The season culminates with a celebration of our youth on Tuesday, August 22.
Saint Paul Streets
Numerous projects are underway in 2017: City Artist Aaron Dysart, with the artist team of Lisa Elias and Brad Kaspari, are expanding their repertoire from stop sign posts to include posts for no parking signs and bus stops. They also are designing new sculptures that will hang on lampposts and torchieres that will light a walkway with solar powered lights. Brad and Lisa are exploring how benches and bollards might be made into public art in three neighborhoods, Irve Dell is developing a new design for stop sign posts, to be installed this fall, and artists James Brenner and Teréz Iacovino are imagining new neighborhood projects to expand the artistic palette of Saint Paul.
Restoring the Josias King Monument
The Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, also known as the Josias King Memorial, near the intersection of John Ireland and West Kellogg Boulevards will be restored this summer by PASP, in conjunction with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Sculpted by John K. Daniels (1875-1978) in 1903, the statue is showing its age with corrosion from air pollution and bird droppings. This will be the sixth and final significant historic bronze sculpture to be conserved by PASP.
Thursday, October 19, 7 pm
Distinguished Visiting Artist Mel Chin
O’Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium, University of Saint Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue
Free and open to the public
Mel Chin is a conceptual visual artist who works across media and subjects. He has forged a unique artistic career that ranges from public art projects to museum exhibitions, including making art that subtly appeared on the sets and costumes of the television show Melrose Place. Motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances, Chin works in a variety of art media to calculate meaning in modern life. He is well known internationally for his pivotal work Revival Field, a designed landscape created in Pig’s Eye Landing in St. Paul in the early 1990s. Working with research agronomist Dr. Rufus Chaney, Chin designed an evocative landscape where plants removed heavy metals from the polluted soil at the site, which gave momentum to the increased interest in environmental art as a form of contemporary art practice.