The City of Minneapolis Seeks Artists for a Variety of Nicollet Mall Projects

What Nicollet Mall might look like in 2017

What Nicollet Mall might look like in 2017

Over the next few years, downtown Minneapolis's Nicollet Mall will be getting a major redesign. This includes a complete overhaul of the street and sidewalks, from Grant to Washington.

While the project is being led by a New York-based urban designer company, James Corner Field Operations, the City of Minneapolis is also looking for a few artists or creative teams to get involved.

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There are four major projects that the City is looking organize. Artists can apply to create a series of lanterns that will light the streets year round, create a large-scale "iconic" artwork (think Spoonbridge and Cherry), help curate artwork into the mall design (maybe a gig for the "Made Here" people?), and design key features in the overall design.

The projects will be worked on and installed in 2016 and 2017. However, next week there will be an informational meeting at the Minneapolis Central Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12. For more information as to what they are looking for, visit the project's website at

The area is already bustling, as it has the most dense concentration of jobs in Minnesota, with three major companies -- Xcel Energy, Target, and U.S. Bank -- headquartered in there. In the neighborhood is also the Minneapolis Central Library, and countless bars, restaurants, and retail spaces.