Just as the Walker’s crinkled-aluminum facade stands in sharp contrast to the church across the street, a 1914 English Gothic design by Hewitt & Brown, so did this scene I stumbled upon on Friday: a still-life painter painstakingly rendering the Herzog & de Meuron expansion in oil. It was a busy day: artist Scott Lloyd Anderson‘s pristine views of Hennepin Avenue were obscured by road construction, groundskeepers (whose pallets of rolled sod had an unexpected sculptural quality), and the appearance of a raucously paint-spattered RV with the world ARTLAND emblazond on its side (in background). The bus carried a TV crew from the satellite channel Gallery HD‘s series Artland: USA, a coast-to-coast art road trip. In addition to a day at the Walker, they spent time with St. Paul photograper Alec Soth and perusing General Mills’ art collecton.
Another view of Anderson’s work-in-progress: