It's the ultimate recycling project. A 280,000 pound skyway that once connected two downtown Minneapolis buildings, the 84-foot steel and glass structure will be transformed by a team of artists from Vancouver into an interactive art installation in Minneapolis, then head north later this summer where it will become a lakeside home for a young family in Brainerd.
"We are thrilled," said Ben Awes, an architect with CityDesk Studios. He and Bob Ganser acquired the skyway nine years ago and have been searching ever since for a new home for the structure, which is in the process of being prepped for the summer art installation.
After a story in the Star Tribune about the duo's efforts to save the skyway from the scrap heap, Awes and Ganser received more than 100 proposals ranging from a nightclub on wheels to a “sweet-ass mobile deer stand, complete with repurposed tank track wheels and a gun turret."
Click here for more information about Dream the Combine, the Vancouver design studio that will host the site installation that will open April 18th and be open until early May.