Art Gate, by sculptor Alexander Tylevich, will be installed on the property of TownePlace Suites at 2500 Lindau Lane, Bloomington MN, near the corner of 24th Avenue and Lindau Lane across from Mall of America beginning on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. This art installation is one outcome of creative placemaking efforts by the City of Bloomington in partnership with Artistry, and has served as a demonstration of working with private property owners.
The six-foot tall, 20-foot long bronze and steel sculpture is an artistic interpretation of Bloomington’s important role as an international travel destination and represents the area’s wildlife, natural beauty and diversity. Art Gate will serve as a fully functional emergency gate and will create an interactive point of interest, making the area more attractive and inviting. The sculpture will be visible to people passing, whether by foot, bike, or car.
Alexander Tylevich is an award-winning sculptor and architect, with projects ranging from free-standing site-specific sculptures to a master plan of a metropolitan city. Tylevich is an artist known for figurative and abstract experiments in three dimensions. His work exists at the intersection of personal experience and collective memory. Originally from Belarus, he currently lives and works in Minnesota.
About the South Loop District
South Loop is a rapidly developing neighborhood in Bloomington, which is adjacent to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and home to Mall of America, Bloomington Central Station and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. By 2020, on a typical day the South Loop will have 6,000 residents, 9,000 hotel guests, 35,000 employees and 115,000 Mall of America visitors.
About Creative Placemaking
The City of Bloomington in partnership with Artistry are working together to build a sense of community in Bloomington’s South Loop through creative placemaking. Creative placemaking leverages the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities and towns, making use of their existing human, physical, social, and economic assets. Creative placemaking engages artists and others in building social fabric and local economies while making physical place-based improvements. It highlights the distinctive character and creative and cultural resources of each place.