For this project I collaborated with Lisa Elias, a Minneapolis based wrought iron artist, to produce a series of suspended artworks for a small commercial area in north Saint Paul, Minnesota. We decided lamp posts offer a highly functional location for artwork placement since it allows for the artwork to be elevated above traffic flow, snow removal, snow melt chemicals, and other unwanted interactions. This is particularly true on arterial streets and is especially effective at this location due to the taller than average lamp posts found at this site.
The visual qualities of the artwork refer to seed forms and their potential for growth. The interior forms are derived from traditional Hmong decorative sculptures and the 19C biological drawings of Ernst Haeckel. The concentration of forms at this corner helps to foster a sense of place at this busy neighborhood corner while presenting a series of sculptures that are visually lively and somewhat mysterious.