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New art in South Loop

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Bloomington Briefing Published October 6, 2021
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Artboxes installed

Six more utility boxes in South Loop became places where artists expressed their creativity this summer. New artbox designs by artists Robyn Brower, Luis Fitch, John C. Gerber, Jose Rebollo, Shakuntala Maheshwari and Leah Yellowbird were installed in July. The first artboxes were installed in 2016. Now there are 16. 

“These artboxes essentially create a free, walkable outdoor art gallery in the South Loop,” Creative Placemaking Director Alejandra Pelinka said. “It’s exciting to see the collection expand to feature more local artists.”

Artboxes have several benefits, including reducing graffiti, beautifying neighborhoods, contributing to community character and fostering a more walkable neighborhood. For more information about creative placemaking in Bloomington, visit blm.mn/placemaking

Art bench coming soon

The “Kalopsia” art bench, above, offers the community a place for rest and contemplation while also being an ode to South Loop’s natural surroundings. Taking inspiration from nearby Long Meadow Lake, Twin Cities artist Daniela Bianchini uses vibrant colors and natural elements to create distinctive, welcoming and functional art. 

The bench will be located in South Loop, outside of Fiddlehead Coffee at The Fenley Apartments, 8051 33rd Avenue South, facing Bloomington Central Station Park.

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