Krinke unveils temporary public art work: Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain

Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) has created a new, temporary work of outdoor public art, called Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain that is traveling to several parks in Minneapolis this summer. The project creates the setting and the opportunity for the public to map where in Minneapolis-St. Paul they have experienced joy and pain. The project's sculptural setting includes a unique table-like object that contains a custom, wooden map of the Twin Cities. The scale map has streets clearly labeled to provide easy orientation for mapping, and visitors have the opportunity to literally add color to this map -- gold where they have felt joy and gray for pain. Members of the project team will be on hand in each location to talk with anyone interested about the project and invite them to add their experiences to the map.

"Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain challenges conventional ways of seeing the Twin Cities", says Krinke. "The project has the potential to be revealing, even cathartic." Krinke is partnering with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board in her project. Diane Moe, Cultural Arts Administrator for the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board was immediately excited with this proposal, saying, "We at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board are thrilled to be a partner in this process. We are confident it will bring individuals of all ages to the parks to view and participate in this fabulous idea."

Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture)

Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture).

The project is the first step in what Krinke envisions as a continuing exploration of pain/joy through public art and the community engagement. Bringing the project to the national, even international level is planned. In 2011, she plans to designate a day for cities, public art programs, and individuals to create a setting/event for The Mapping of Joy and Pain in their city.

Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Yamuna Golden (student), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture)

Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Yamuna Golden (student), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture).

College of Design students Yamuna Golden, David Kerber, and Michael Dorfman assisted Krinke in this project. Kevin Groenke and Justin Kindlespire of the college's W.L. Hall Workshop provided lasercutting and woodworking expertise. In addition, University student Joseph Cronick is producing a video documentary on the project. The University's Imagine Fund and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) provided funding for this project.

Left to right: Yamuna Golden (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture), Michael Dorfman (student)

Left to right: Yamuna Golden (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture), Michael Dorfman (student).

Schedule for the Mapping of Joy and Pain project:

Friday, July 23, 2010, Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, Minneapolis, 3-7 p.m.

Special Location: Saturday, July 24, 2010, Walker Art Center, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 31, 2010, Gluek Park, Minneapolis, 3-7 p.m.

Friday, August 6, 2010, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, 3-7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, Mears Park, Saint Paul, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, August 19, 2010, Como Park (near Lakeside Pavilion), Saint Paul, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, August 27, 2010, Minnesota State Fair (Crossroads Building, University exhibit), 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, August 28, 2010, Minnesota State Fair (Crossroads Building, University exhibit), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Additional parks/dates are being planned; see Krinke's website for updates. Also see Krinke's blog on the project for additional information.

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