MCAD Students Provide Hopkins With Two New Artstreet Pieces

‘Purr’ and ‘Fertile Ground’ joined the other public art pieces on city streets.

If you’ve walked on Mainstreet between 11th and 12th Avenues, you’ve probably noticed a couple big additions to the city’s Artstreet collection.

On Sept. 14, workers installed one new piece in front of the Hopkins Center for the Arts and another in front of the movie theater.

Two Minneapolis College of Art and Design students created the sculptures. Artstreet planned to open one spot for the summer MCAD public art class, but the sculptures on the street now were so strong that both were accepted, said Fawzia Khan, a Hopkins artist who’s head of the Artstreet committee.

Sreekishen Nair created a towering totem-like sculpture called “Purr” that stands on the north side of the street. Shannon Estlund’s work, “Fertile Ground,” is a wooden home with branches coming out of the walls and roof.

Hopkins will welcome the new pieces and announce the winners of the 2012 People’s Choice and Children’s Choice awards Tuesday. There will be a reception at 7 p.m. followed by a presentation at the City Council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.


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