Vote Today for the 2014 Creative City Challenge

On-The-Plaza-CCC.jpgThe Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) Plaza a temporary, destination artwork. The artwork acts as a sociable and participatory platform for summer-long onsite programming, and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city as a whole and its rich cultural and natural offerings.

Public voting for the 2014 Creative City Challenge will take place Monday, February 3 through Friday, February 28. The winning project will be announced in late March and will receive a
$75,000 commission to create the project and debut at the MCC Plaza on
June 14, 2014 as part of Northern Spark, an annual dusk-to-dawn festival
with tens of thousands of participants, taking place in Minneapolis this

A public presentation of the final project proposals on Monday, February 10,
2014 at 6 p.m
. will be held at the College of Design in Rapson Hall on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. The
presentation will feature a public, facilitated discussion with the
artists and an opportunity to engage in dialogue around the proposal
ideas. The event is presented in collaboration with former Mayor R.T.
Rybak’s “Mayor 101” class
offered through the Humphrey School of Public
Affairs and the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.

A jury selected three projects for this voting phase of the competition from among the entries received in the fall of 2013. The three finalists and their corresponding projects incorporate a wide range of art, mixed media and architectural design. The finalists and their corresponding projects include:

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 9.34.24 AM.pngBalancing Ground by Amanda Lovelee, Christopher Field, Kyle Waites & Sarah West: A welcoming interactive space that weaves play and peacefulness together through the use of sound, light, text and group movements to create meaningful engagement and the opportunity for intimate, public conversations. The installation will consist of long rows of wood benches interrupted with a series of playground teeter-totters which will be surrounded by a large wood structure with a canopy of prisms and reflective fragments strung between rafters.

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Chrysalis by Wil Natzel & Jerry Natzel: An assemblage of deployable elements including a series of entry archways where the lighting reacts to people’s movements, a communal seating court and a tower pavilion through which the public will be guided. Once inside the pavilion, the public will experience an overhead explosion of baroque pattern, light and decoration, which will transform each month to display different exotic designs and configuration.

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SPark by Will Peterson, Bill Ferenc, Melissa Gagner & Trygve Nordberg: A colony of autonomous, self-moving “flowers” in which visitors are welcomed and encouraged to walk among to experience these human-sized components. SPark responds to visitors through movement and light, and each sculptural flower is a self-governed entity, linked to the other flowers by a wireless network. Through different interactions, visitors will be able to make SPark come to life: it can move, pulse and even breathe.

“The Creative City Challenge presents a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant community of design and innovation that defines Minneapolis,” said Eric Quint, chief design officer at 3M Company. “As chairman of the jury, I’m inspired by the creativity demonstrated through the submissions to date. The three finalist projects exemplify how technology can be designed around people to engage local communities. Each summer, thousands of visitors have the dynamic opportunity to participate in the design experience created by local architects, designers and artists at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza.”

In its inaugural year, the Creative City Challenge selected the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) as the winner, which was installed on the MCC Plaza from June through October 2013. The 2014 Creative City Challenge is an expansion and refinement of the 2013 program.