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Wright's Lake mural

Artfully yours: Creative placemaking updates

Wright’s Lake Park mural unveiled 

The art is on the wall—all 500 feet of it—by Old Cedar Avenue and Highway 77. Creative Placemaking and Artistry staff along with Good Space Murals artists unveiled the Wright’s Lake Park mural at 8501 17th Avenue South last fall. The mural’s development involved the City, Artistry, Good Space Murals, residents, Valley View Middle School students and other community stakeholders. For information, visit or call 952-563-8744.

South Loop utility boxes getting artsy

A utility box can be a beautiful thing. The City’s Creative Placemaking Commission in partnership with Artistry sought designs for transforming ordinary utility boxes into extraordinary objects of art. The ARTBOX call resulted in 42 creative submissions. Up to three boxes will be wrapped in the spring. Mandel Cameron’s Tiffany glass-style, woodland landscape with poppies, turtles and birds was among the selected designs. The ARTBOX program will continue with new opportunities annually.

Creative Sparks programs planned for 2019 

From 36 proposals submitted for the Creative Sparks program, four projects will be implemented in 2019. One of them is an upcoming event, the Bloomington Cultural Festival, slated for the spring, submitted by Curtis Griesel, on behalf of a steering committee. Freestanding temporary murals will stand in Bloomington Central Station Park from June – October, submitted by Rock Martinez. A concert will be held in Bloomington Central Station Park next summer, submitted by the Reflections Condos’ social committee. A temporary 3D installation shaped like a great horned owl will be either at the Minnesota Valley Natural Wildlife Refuge or the River Ridge Playlot, submitted by Gail Katz-James.