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The art installation for the fifth anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse consists of 35 oversized life rings anchored in the Mississippi River between the Stone Arch Bridge and the new I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.

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Art installation honors I-35W bridge victims

  • July 31, 2012 - 2:02 PM

St. Paul poet Todd Boss collaborated with European visual artist Maja Spasova to create a public art installation to mark the 5th anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse.

The installation consists of 35 oversized life rings anchored in the Mississippi River between the Stone Arch Bridge and the new I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. The life rings, which glow at night, are intended as contemplative markers for the tragedy, which killed 13 and injured 145.

In addition to the installation, Boss wrote a series of 35 poems about the collapse and Spasova recorded everyday Minnesotans reading the poems and telling their stories about how the bridge collapse affected them.

To hear audio recordings of a selection of the poems, call 612-573-5900 and 612-573-5901. Or go to startribune.com/35wpoems.

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