Ballpark's decorative elements selected

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2009 - 8:21 PM

The artists' work will "help create the look and feel that baseball fans ... and others experience around Target Field."

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The Fifth Street Panel’s installation will be located on the ballpark's exterior, highly visible to fans and rail commuters.

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Artists from St. Paul and Phoenix have been chosen to create public artwork for installation at Target Field.

St. Paul muralist Craig David and Phoenix artist Al Price were selected from among 84 applicants by a Public Art Steering Committee formed by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA) and project partners Hennepin County and Northstar Commuter Rail, the MBA announced Tuesday.

Both artists will reveal more about their conceptual designs and answer questions at an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 at the downtown Hennepin County Library.

David's project calls for murals along the 5th Street side of the ballpark. The $200,000 budget comes from the MBA's District Enhancement and Public Art Incentive Fund.

Price's project will be inside the Vertical Circulation building and is funded by $150,000 from the Northstar Commuter Rail Line. This two-story building will house the escalators and elevators used to connect commuters to the two levels of trains at the ballpark's transit station.

The Vertical Circulation building project is scheduled to be complete in September. The 5th Street panels should be installed in time for Opening Day 2010.

David's recent work includes "The History of the Neighborhood House," four mosaic murals being installed on the façade of the Wellstone Center for Community Building in St. Paul.

Price brings to the project "extensive experience in public art, including a long history of community engagement designed to ensure that final projects reflect the public's concerns and a site's prevailing aesthetics," the committee said.

"I'm very excited with what the artists have come up with" for Target Field, which opens for the start of the Twins' 2010 season, said MBA Commissioner Barb Sykora, who chairs the Public Art Steering Committee. "The public art will really help create the look and feel that baseball fans, commuters and others experience around Target Field."

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

THE ARTISTS' WORK

Examples of each artists' works can be seen at www.art davidii.com and www.alpricestudio.com.

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