September 29 & 30

8:00 - 10:30 pm, free and open to the public

The 49-foot tall chamber of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will become a canvas for experimental artworks during this two-part series. 

In part 2, The Uncompromising Hand by Andrea Carlson engages Spirit Island, a limestone island and Dakota sacred site that was once in the Mississippi River near the current Lock and Dam. The lock wall will come alive with a hand drawn animation based on six photographs of the island from the MN Historical Society’s collection, which plot the island’s lengthy dismantle between the 1890’s and 1960’s. Text in Dakota and Ojibwe will accompany the animation. 

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Presented by Northern Lights.mnMississippi Park Connection, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area with support from St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and the US Army Corp of Engineers.

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