Bloomington destinations: Sculptures to see
Want to experience some world-class art? Just head outdoors. Take a look at these privately-owned sculptures in Bloomington:
- “Memorial Structure” is located in the plaza of the AC Hotel, 8100 26th Avenue South. Designed in 1961, the sculpture was created by Herbert Bayer, a well-known Austrian artist of the Bauhaus school. The developer of the hotel, David Peters, has long admired Bayer’s work and picked out the sculpture personally.
“We feel anything we build and design should have a public art component,” President of Terratron, David Peters said. “We consider them to be an investment to the community in addition to our properties.”
- Distinctive sculptural forms are located throughout Bloomington Central Station Park, 8100 33rd Avenue South. At dawn and dusk, the park transforms as sculptural fixtures glow into a linear light show. The park is owned by McGough Construction, the architect was AECOM and the designer was O2 Design.
- A different geometric picture appears at every angle as you walk around the large metal sculpture at 9555 James Avenue South. Look at the base on each side and you will see “StarLight Moon” and “Russel Erickson ‘87” built into the sculpture’s framework. Erickson was a prolific sculptor and Minneapolis College of Art and Design staff member before he left the art world in pursuit of a career in finance.
- Sculptures are on display along the walking trail west of the Japanese garden at Normandale Community College. One moving tribute is “My Heart Is Open” by Gene Piersa, a memorial in honor of Dr. Russell Smiley, a beloved faculty member and respected teacher from 1987 to 2013.
For other information about Bloomington art, go to blm.mn/placemaking or call 952-563-8744.