Housetrees, a multi-site sculpture for the Saint Paul’s Highland Park and Sunray Libraries, is a home for imaginative exploration. Bright bent steel trees topped with abstracted wooden habitats create spaces for reading, introspection and elevated thinking in the children’s reading room and landscape. The imagined characters of this canopy of habitats serve as the springboard for quests to engage in their own creative thinking and to stretch their imaginations to new heights.
Amanda Lovelee is a visual artist based in Minneapolis, MN currently working as the City Artist for Public Art Saint Paul. Lovelee acts as translator between the city’s ideas and its residents with the goal of building the city everyone wants to live in. As City Artist Lovelee has focused on engagement through both her projects Pop Up Meeting, a city popsicle truck and Urban Flower Field, a vacant lot turned gathering space/live science project. She is interested in how people connect and the spaces in which they do so within contemporary society. Her recent projects have explored a myriad of topics: the lives of beekeepers and ice fishermen, strangers’ love stories and the sociology of square dancing. Her work has been funded by the MN State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Forecast Public Art and Art Place America. She has an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in Photography from University of Hartford.