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Kalopsia bench installed in South Loop

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Bloomington Briefing Published January 4, 2022
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There’s new public art in South Loop. The Kalopsia bench by local artist Daniela Bianchini was installed outside of the new Fiddlehead Coffee Co., 8061 33rd Avenue South, just before their grand opening in October. 

Bianchini built the bench’s metal frame and covered it in porcelain tile mosaic. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding nature and nearby Long Meadow Lake, the artist used vibrant colors and natural elements to create a distinctive, welcoming and functioning piece of art. Bianchini has been doing murals for 10 years and public art installations, such as mosaic benches and garbage cans, for seven years. 

“I like everything about having the opportunity to create public art,” she said. “I like that it’s a challenge. I like that it’s for everyone and I like bringing color to something that is usually bland and gray.”

This bench was one of four sculptures selected by a stakeholder panel, as part of Bloomington’s Creative Spark program. Kalopsia faces Bloomington Central Station Park, and offers the community a place for rest and contemplation while also being an ode to South Loop’s natural surroundings. You can see more of Bianchini’s work in downtown Saint Paul, south Minneapolis, Roseville and Hastings.