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For the past two summers, a different giant artwork has appeared on the plaza adjacent to the Minneapolis Convention Center downtown. Get ready for a third to make its debut at Northern Spark June 13, as the Creative City Challenge finalists have been chosen. Each will get a stipend of $2,500 to present a final proposal in February to a panel representing the city, the convention center and northernlights.mn, the arts organization behind all-night-long arts extravaganza Northern Spark. The winner gets $75,000 to create their temporary dream, which will remain available to visitors through the season.
"Shadow Swings" (computer-generated model pictured above) a concept by a team from the architecture firm Perkins+Will, combines a series of wind-chime-outfitted swings under a canopy. Each has a different musical tone, encouraging visitors to make up a song together.
"We All Share the Same Skies" (above) by the design firm PLAAD offers outdoors-related sensory experiences -- wind through pines, images of constellations and clouds, simulated downpours -- in three separate enclosed structures, bringing a bit of the north woods to an urban setting.
For "Mini_Polis," (above) artists Niko Kubota and Jon Reynolds will erect plywood miniatures of buildings in Minneapolis' downtown and environs, rigged interactively to share the memories of and hopes for these places expressed by their makers, groups of volunteers in community workshops.
The light rail station at Target Field in Minneapolis is one of four winners of an American Institute of Architects' 2015 honor award for regional and urban design. The AIA announced 23 awards in all, including for architecture and interior architecture, chosen from about 500 projects around the world.
Target Field Station, opened in May 2014, is a transit hub in Minneapolis' North Loop area adjacent to the Target Field baseball stadium. The city's Blue and Green Line light rail trains pass through the station which also connects with the Northstar commuter rail line that brings residents of the Twin Cities' northern suburbs into downtown. Buses and bikes tie into the system at Target Station, and more light rail lines are expected to open eventually.
The project, which includes an amphitheater and a "Great Lawn" for public gatherings, is a focal point for revitalization of the North Loop neighborhood.
The AIA award cited it as "one of the first spaces in the country to truly integrate transit and culture," and saluted the Great Lawn as "a green stage for pregame events, community concerts, and other events," augmented by plaza spaces for restaurants, cultural and entertainment events.
The project was designed by Perkins Eastman with engineering by Short Elliott Hendrickson (civil); Parson Electric (electrical); Michaud Colley Erickson (Mechanical) and Palanaswami and Associates (structural). Knutson Construction was the general contractor and Olin / SEH the landscape architect.
Other AIA regional design awards went to:
Beijing Tianqiao (Sky Bridge) Performing Arts District Master Plan; Beijing, China by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The Big U: New York City by BIG/ Bjarke Ingels Group
Government Center Garage Redevelopment, Boston by CBT Architects
Minnesota Public Radio has won a a prestigious national award for its series of investigative stories into how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis attempted to cover up abuse of children by priests. It is the first time MPR has received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, which is considered to be on par with a Pulitzer Prize.
"We are honored and grateful to receive the duPont Award," said Chris Worthington, MPR News' managing editor. "While the stories can be difficult to hear, it's important they be told. They were well-documented and carefully reported. We are proud of our journalism and community service."
Judges called the pieces "a heartbreaking, exhaustive investigation," one that "overcame the challenges rife in reporting this type of story."
Madeleine Baran served as the lead reporter.
Other winners announced Wednesday include Netflix, the Seattle Times, PBS and CNN.
To no one’s surprise, Green Day made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility.
Also elected was frequent nominee Lou Reed, who died in October 2013 and was a sentimental favorite even though he's already a Rock Hall of Famer as leader of the Velvet Underground.
Other members of this year's class:
-- Blues-rock guitar heroes Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
-- Punk champion Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
-- Masterful ‘70s soul man Bill Withers.
-- 1960s blues favorites Paul Butterfield Blues Band, whose keyboardist, Mark Naftalin, grew up in Minneapolis, where his father, Art, was the mayor.
Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong also has a Twin Cities tie-in: His wife, Adrienne, is from New Brighton and the couple has a second home in the Twin Cities. Last summer, he played guitar on a few dates with the Replacements (who, ironically, didn't make the Hall of Fame ballot this year despite their much-heralded reunion).
The 30th annual induction ceremonies will be held April 18 in Cleveland.
The aforementioned inductees were voted in by music industry figures, critics and previous Rock Hall inductees.
A Hall of Fame committee also voted to induct 1950s-60s R&B group the 5 Royales as an early influence, and to give Ringo Starr an “Award of Musical Excellence” (he was previously inducted as a member of the Beatles).
Miranda Brandon's "Impact (Warbler)" photo was made in 2013 and has been shown at Soo Visual Arts Center.
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design has picked five Midwestern artists as winners of the 2014/15 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. Each will receive $12,000 and have various professional opportunities during the fellowship year.
Chosen from 252 applicants, the winners are Miranda Brandon, a bird-enthusiast who photographs and rehabilitates injured birds; Regan Golden-McNerney, who uses altered photos and drawings to document ecological change in the landscape; Jess Hirsch, a sculptor and installation artist concerned about health and healing; Sieng Lee, an installation designer drawing on his refugee experiences as a first-generation Hmong American; and Jason Ramey, a sculptor intrigued by roadside signage and backyard furniture.
Judges were Candida Alvarez, an artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Shannon Fitzgerald, curator and executive director of the Rochester Art Center, and David Norr, a New York City-based writer/curator.
During the fellowship term, the emergees will meet with visiting critics, participate in a group show opening in fall of 2015 at the MCAD Gallery, have an essay written about their work, and participate in a panel discussion.
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