Much like Goldsworthy’s work, Minneapolis along with the rest of the metro area draws a great deal of its energy, flow, and transformation from various bodies of water. The first major settlement in the area was Fort Snelling, and its location was selected solely for its place on both the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. From there settlement expanded rapidly along the rivers at first for access to trade routes and later to use the rivers to power mills.
Today the land of 10,000 lakes still relies on the water for a great deal of its economy. The lakes and rivers still offer some industrial uses, but there is now much more of an emphasis on tourism and recreation. Today the waters also serve as borders to different neighborhoods and cities, like the East and West Banks for example. Minneapolis, like Goldsworthy’s work, needs the water for its inspiration and its style.