Ta-coumba Aiken and Seitu Jones: Shadows at the Crossroads
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Ta-coumba Aiken and Seitu Jones: Shadows at the Crossroads

Visual Arts 2019
Seitu Jones and Ta-coumba Aiken, Shadows of Spirit, 1992, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Courtesy the artists

Please note that, due to rain, remarks at 6 pm have been moved to the Walker Cinema, just off of our Main Lobby.

Public Unveiling: 5 pm
Artist Remarks and Poetry Reading: 6 pm
Artwork Tours: 6:30, 7, and 7:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the opening of the newest addition to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: Shadows at the Crossroads, a commission by Twin Cities–based artists Ta-coumba T. Aiken and Seitu Jones. A continuation of a project created for Nicollet Mall in 1992, the new work consists of seven sculptures commemorating important figures in Minnesota’s history. Together, the artists traced the shadows of community members and then worked with the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council to select the silhouettes for the piece. Poet Rosemary Soyini Vinelle Guyton composed the lines of verse that appear within five of the sculptures, creating a lyrical reference to the life each work honors.

Installed in locations throughout the Garden, Shadows at the Crossroads is intended to be discovered by pedestrians as they make their way through the park’s pathways. Four bronze sculptures have been set into the sidewalks; two are etched into the concrete; and the final shadow exists as a work only visible when wet from the elements.

Highlights of the opening events include remarks by Aiken and Jones as well as a poetry reading by Guyton. Find out more about the artists and the stories behind this exciting new sculpture during a free guided tour, offered throughout the evening.

Curator: Siri Engberg with Jadine Collingwood and Alexandra Nicome

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