Tower Hill Park

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The Tower Hill Park in the Prospect Park Neighborhood in Minneapolis. Tower Hill Park is a great example of green space in an urban area, but who is this public space accessible to?

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Minneapolis Skyline

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A view of the Minneapolis Skyline, from Tower Hill Park, one of highest (elevation) natural ground places in Minneapolis. It high elevation makes it an ideal place to view the Minneapolis skyline. Notable buildings that can be seen include the U.S. Bank Stadium and the Capella Tower. 

Grain Belt Sign

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The Grain Belt sign as seen from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge,  in downtown Minneapolis. It is an iconic landmark in the city of Minneapolis, and relates to Minneapolis’ history in milling and brewing. The sign used to light up, however it does not anymore. However, there are plans to have it relit by the end of December. 

Celebrating African-American Icons

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A plaque at the Victoria Street Green Line Station that commemorates Sharon Sayles-Belton, the first African-American and woman to be elected mayor of Minneapolis (1994-2001). A St. Paul Native, she attended nearby Central High School and is a graduate of Macalester College. There are many other plaques at this station that commemorate the contributions of African-Americans in the Twin Cities.

The Landmark Center

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The Landmark Center, on 5th Street near Rice Park, is an impressive building of Romanesque Revival architecture. Originally used as an administrative office for the state of Minnesota, it has been converted into cultural center for the arts: music, dance and theatre are common events that occur here.

Gazebo in Irvine Park

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This Gazebo is nestled in a park in the historic Irvine Park neighborhood in downtown Saint Paul. Once considered to be the next Summit Avenue, Irvine Park has fallen on tough times. The houses in the neighborhood are grand, being of Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival and Italianate styles of architecture. In 1973, the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Public Art in a Low Income Area

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A Sculpture of a Rabbit in Western Sculpture Park, on Marion Street and two blocks away from Interstate 94. The park includes many works of art from local artists. The park is one of the most diverse parts of Saint Paul, in the Historic Rondo Neighborhood and in an area where many new immigrants call home. It is also a location of high levels of poverty. This park breaks the stereotype that public art can only be in affluent areas, as this park has been a positive force in neighborhood. 

Sidewalk Poetry

If you are interested more in the Sidewalk Poetry project, or more about Public Art Saint Paul in general, here is a link to their website: http://publicartstpaul.org

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A poem engraved into the sidewalk on St. Paul Avenue. According to Public Art Saint Paul, the organization behind the project, over 900 poems have been installed since the start of the project in 2008.