NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Outdoor Sculpture Tour opens in Northeast Minneapolis arts district


Have you ever regretted as you leave the Northeast Minneapolis arts district that you are leaving behind the magnificent sculpture works created by local artists? The sculpture seems somehow “captured” from view when it yearns to be free and open to visitors by day and by night. Artists Andrew MacGuffie, John Kremer and Jennifer Young, working with neighborhood restaurant owners, are doing something about that loss by creating the new Sculpture Tour, their energetic effort to “bring the art outdoors.” The resulting Sculpture Tour is charming art lovers, restaurant owners, artists, curators and locals who just happen to walk through the neighborhood.

The focus of the sculpture tour is to “connect the dots” between Northeast’s studio buildings, artists and local business owners who are collaborating to build a stronger sense of community within the arts district. Works of art have now been liberated and stand with pride in public spaces. You can see the sculptures at these locations, and read more about each installation in the Downtown Journal:

  • California Building, 2205 California St. NE
  • Franconia Sculpture Park at Casket Arts, 681 17th Ave. NE
  • Northrup King building, 1500 Jackson St. NE
  • Modern Café, 337 13th Ave. NE
  • Anchor Fish & Chips, 302 13th Ave. NE
  • Shuga Records, 165 13th Ave. NE
  • Sip Coffeebar, 34 13th Ave. NE
  • Open field near Grain Belt Studios, 77 13th Ave. NE

Artists represented include Amy Toscani, Andrew MacGuffie, Aaron Dysart, Mary Johnson, Wayne Potratz, Bridget Beck and an expanding list of other arts district denizens. The Northrup King Sculpture Garden features a collaboration between Northrup King and Magnolia Landscaping and 3Twelve Studio.

Restaurant owners have agreed to take turns hosting mini-art openings for new sculpture on the first Thursday of each month.

The Sculpture Tour is a work in progress. New works are being added on a regular basis. A map of the walking tour is in the works.

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