Then Till Now: A History and Culture Based Portrait Of Minneapolis As Expressed Through Six Geometric Platform Designs

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Hiawatha Light Rail System • Minneapolis, Minnesota • 2002-2003

This image: To represent domestic life, I drew inspiration from The Prairie School of architecture for the 38th Street station. A chair designed by William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie in 1912-13 influences the main portion of the platform. The ramps and center designs are inspired by the front doors of the Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, designed by Purcell and Elmslie. 200’x16’

I spent a week researching patterns in Minneapolis/Saint Paul museums, working with community members and curators. Each platform is inspired by artifacts or architectural details found in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul communities. The specific designs that I selected as inspirational starting points were picked for their cultural and historical importance. Each platform design stands on its own, and together they make a unified statement about the cultural history of Minneapolis.

Inspiration for the art falls into three groups; a native motif, immigrant fabrics, and the culture that has developed in Minneapolis as expressed through its architecture.
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