Three Art Pop-Ups Revealed in Canal Park

Local artists are showing off their talents on utility cabinets

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s part of the pilot project in the Image Duluth 2035 comprehensive plan and these new additions were unveiled today down in Canal Park.

Today, the City of Duluth unveiled three art pop-ups in Canal Park highlighting local artists on utility cabinets. Adding art to Canal Park was one of the most common suggestions made at the Imagine Canal Park community events held in late 2017 throughout 2018.

Duluth City planner Emily Voight says getting feedback from the community is most important and trying projects like this is a great opportunity for opinions.

Voight also mentioned that “something that might work in one neighborhood might not work in another, and we want to make sure that we are really responding to the needs of the neighborhood and the desires of the people who visit there, who live there who work there and who play there”.

One of the three winning artists we talked with today can’t believe that she was chosen to share her work with Canal Park visitors.

Artist Sarah Agaton Howes says “it’s crazy. It’s just absolutely incredible to see, for one, my art, but also my stories as Anishinaabe people right here and also to see bead work right here is so exciting. I drove by yesterday when they were installing it and I was like this is so exciting. It just feels like a dream. I can barely contain myself”.

The utility box art will be displayed throughout the summer months and community leaders hope this will continue in the future.

 

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