Artists transform the midway into a visually arresting streetscape

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The recent unveiling and celebration of four major works of outdoor art on Snelling Avenue were the culmination of a year’s worth of effort by artists, business owners, foundations and the city of St. Paul.

In 2014, The Knight Foundation named John Oppenheimer the winner of its inaugural Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul. He became the lead artist of the Midway Murals project, and was charged with forming a neighborhood public art workgroup, commissioning muralists, and coordinating the installation and long-term maintenance of the murals. Midway Murals hope was to transform a six-block stretch of a major thoroughfare in St. Paul into a more vibrant and visually arresting streetscape.

The foundation awarded the project $25,000 in matching funds, for a total of $50,000 towards a total project budget of $90,000, almost all of which will pay artists for their labor and materials.

The four selected artists (Greta McLain, Eric Mattheis, Lori Greene and Yuya Negishi) all worked in large scale, using paint, mosaics or glass over brick or stucco walls, each covering hundreds of square feet. Each work has a plaque with the artist’s name and statement attached to the building.

Braided by Greta McClain

Braided by Greta McClain

 

Braided by Greta McClain

Braided by Greta McClain

Braided by Greta McClain

Braided by Greta McClain

Convergence by Eric “Blaster” Mattheis

Convergence by Eric “Blaster” Mattheis

 

Convergence by Eric “Blaster” Mattheis

Convergence by Eric “Blaster” Mattheis

 

Birth of a New Day by Yuya Negishi

Birth of a New Day by Yuya Negishi

 

Birth of a New Day by Yuya Negishi

Birth of a New Day by Yuya Negishi

 

Birth of a New Day by Yuya Negishi

Birth of a New Day by Yuya Negishi

 

Berbere by Lori Greene

Berbere by Lori Greene

 

Berbere by Lori Greene

Berbere by Lori Greene

 

Berbere by Lori Greene

Berbere by Lori Greene

 

Berbere by Lori Greene

Berbere by Lori Greene

2 thoughts on “Artists transform the midway into a visually arresting streetscape

  1. My grandson and I came upon the artists and their work while visiting Midway Books last week; brilliant and beautiful. Thanks to all.

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