Artists selected for Via Sol site artwork!
This week, we’re excited to announce that three artists have been chosen to bring their visions to Via Sol! The artists gracing the Via Sol site with their incredible work were selected by a panel of artists and art lovers from the City of St. Louis Park, the community, and PLACE.
A special thank you to Via Sol’s art selection process facilitator, Jamie Marshall, former Executive Director of St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts and current Program Officer for the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Thank you to everyone who participated on the panel or shared your work and creative ideas with us. We feel very fortunate to host such extraordinary artists.
Happy Earth Day!
The PLACE Team:
Chris Velasco Elizabeth Bowling Alice Hiniker Todd Bagby
Jendayi Berry - Sculpture in the Urban Forest
Jendayi Berry is a self-taught, multidisciplinary emerging artist born, raised and based in Minneapolis. With degrees in architecture and technical and small business management, Berry has honed his technical skills and knowledge working professionally as a concrete foreman on private and commercial development.
This will be Jendayi's first public artwork commission. His piece will be created from poured resin, rolled into a helix shape to suggest a crashing wave. Atop the wave sits an illuminated sphere: the moon, to provide balance with the building "Via Sol.”
Learn more about Jendayi
Kada Goalen - Mural facing Cedar Lake Trail
As a local Twin Cities artist with over 20 years of experience, Kada Goalen has built a career creating art for a variety of city, non-profit and private clients. In her role as founder and lead artist of Kada Creative, she blends expertise and artistry with the client's vision to create art that positively impacts a space and those who interact with it. With each project, Goalen loves to engage the community with creativity and color.
Kada's mural features a background of bold colors and shapes, with leaves, branches and natural elements interspersed. The focal point of the mural are five birds, each native to Minnesota, and characterized by their unique traits and qualities.
Learn more about Kada Goalen
Randy Walker - Sculpture near front entry
Randy Walker earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and worked in that field for over ten years before turning fulltime to public art. In the last fifteen years, Walker has completed public commissions in California, North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Tennessee, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arkansas and New Mexico. He has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Forecast Public Art, the McKnight Foundation, and is a five-time recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Walker’s work has been recognized nationally by the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Year in Review in 2005 and 2012. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Randy has resided in Minneapolis for twenty years.
Randy's selected design for PLACE Via Sol features a series of painted steel tubes to create a tree-like figure, standing nearly 20-feet tall and with a planting bed at its base that can be maintained and rotated seasonally. The colors of the tubes reflect colors of trees in each of the four seasons in Minnesota. Each tube is oriented in either a) the direction of the City's street grid; b) the parallel multi-modal transportation lines the light rail, Cedar Lake Trail, and Highway 7; or c) the sharp lines and angles of the Via Sol building itself.
PLACE’s Via Sol community, a sustainable, transit-oriented community in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, producing its own food and energy, filled with art and imagination, offering healthy apartments and live/work space to households across the income spectrum.
Via Sol is currently under construction and expected to open in summer of 2022. Applications are now being accepted. For more information:
Call 612.444.2VIA (612.444.2842)