Edina’s support for the arts will be celebrated through a major exhibit of original outdoor sculptures displayed from June 2013 through May 2014. Sculptures will be selected based on artistic merit, creativity, public safety, suitability for existing sites and durability in an outdoor setting. Reflective, kinetic and/or fiber optic components that invite public interaction and repeated viewing are encouraged.
The sculptures are owned by the sculptors and loaned to the exhibit. An honorarium of $500 will be paid to each exhibitor. From June through September 30, 2013, the public will vote for the People’s Choice, with a first-place award of $1,000, a second- place award of $750, and a third-place award of $500. The People’s Choice winners will be invited to exhibit their sculptures for an additional year for which they will receive honorariums of $500. All sculptures will be actively marketed for purchase by individuals and local businesses.
Background and Project Description
Edina is a community of over 48,000 residents, located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Grounded in tradition, yet proactively preparing for the future, Edina has a reputation as a preeminent place to live, learn, raise families and conduct business. Residents have pride in their community, a love of culture, education and the arts. They also enjoy an exceptionally high quality of life.
The Edina Public Art Committee was convened in 2004 to enhance the beauty of Edina’s public spaces with two-and three-dimensional art. The Edina Public Art Committee, composed of professional artists and community volunteers, will select 11 sculptures to be displayed in three areas:
The Edina Promenade
This 1.5-mile mixed-use paved pedestrian and bike pathway system is in the Centennial Lakes area, a mixed-use neighborhood consisting of retail, residential and recreational amenities in a park-like environment southeast of 70th Street and France Avenue. The Promenade includes extensive landscaping and plazas for public art. It has been designed as an extension of the existing Centennial Lakes Park, a 24-acre area with seven miles of paved paths surrounding a 10-acre lake.
Grandview Square Park
Located near the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 100 and 50th Street, Grandview Square Park is just south of the new Edina Library and Senior Center and is surrounded by residential housing and office buildings. One six-foot circular pad and two raised pedestals are designated for new 2013 sculpture selections.
50th & France
A unique business neighborhood located in the area of West 50th Street and France Avenue in Edina, 50th and France features over 175 upscale retailers and professional services.
All three locations, with their proximity to major thoroughfares, office buildings, condominiums, restaurants and retail establishments, ensure high public visibility and convenient access for optimal enjoyment by residents and visitors. The Edina Public Art Committee invites sculptors to visit all three sites to gain a perspective on the scale of sculpture appropriate for each location.