Public presentation of final Creative City Challenge proposals Monday, Feb 10

The finalists and their projects have been selected and public voting in the 2014 Creative City Challenge has begun.

A public presentation of the final project proposals will be held Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at Rapson Hall, School of Architecture and Design 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.

Folks will be able to vote for their favorite project online through Feb. 28. The winning project will be announced in late March and will receive the $75,000 commission to create the project and debut at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza on June 14 as part of the Northern Spark, an annual dusk-to-dawn festival with tens of thousands of participants, taking place in Minneapolis this year.

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:

For more information about the competition, finalist’s projects and last year’s winning project, MIMMI, visit

Background information

The Creative City Challenge (CCC) 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. The MCC Plaza is a green roof that is located directly across from the MCC at 1301 Second Avenue South.

The CCC’s goal is to draw visitors and residents of the city to the Minneapolis Convention Center as a central meeting space for the surrounding area, as well as to provide a compelling gathering site for the MCC’s thousands of visitors. The commission fee for the selected project is $75,000, inclusive of all artist fees, installation and de-installation costs. The winning project will remain on the MCC Plaza throughout the summer and be the site of several public events to be announced at a later date. The MCC is a site of convergence for visitors to Minneapolis from around the country and the world, as well as being a part of the local neighborhood, and Minneapolis’ downtown.

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.

Published Feb 7, 2014



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