Edina, Minn., Nov. 15, 2018 – A large-scale art piece has been installed at the newly completed North Parking Ramp at 50th & France. The North Ramp is located at 3940 Market St.
The artwork was designed by local artist Heather Novak-Peterson and fabricated by local specialists at Chanhassen-based Sign Source. The work consists of 18 individual art boxes of varying size and depth. Each box is printed with a unique collage based upon a foundational image related to Edina that were stylized and blended with vibrant colors and shapes. The style and content was heavily influenced by nearly 800 local Edina residents and business owners at 50th & France who participated in focus groups and online surveys to set the general direction of the artwork in Spring 2018.
The monumental piece measures 10 feet wide and 30 feet tall. It is mounted on the exposed stone face of the new stairway and elevator tower that serves the expanded parking garage. In addition to the varying shapes and sizes, some of the art boxes are backlit to deliver a contrast between shadows cast by nearby street lights.
“The installation, called ‘Garden Quilt’ came from an inspiration of how, no matter where your family is from, or who you are, we all have blankets and quilts in our homes that remind us of how our similarities weave together to make a community as beautiful and warm and connected as a quilt,” said Novak-Peterson. “We look to the past and forward to the future, in a perpetual stitching of events, achievements, memories and goals, making this town our home.”
Astute observers will recognize design elements from Edina’s historic Grange Hall as well as stylized images of clover and thistle layered between the vibrant colors and patterns.
“We absolutely love the piece. It adds flare to a space where you might not necessarily expect it,” said Bella Gonzalez, Marketing & Events Manager for the 50th & France Business & Professional Association. “We’re excited to bring more permanent art pieces to the area, because art brings the community together, especially local art.”
The installation is one of the finishing touches on the newly renovated North Parking Ramp, for which a ribbon-cutting was held Nov. 15. The recently completed project added more public parking to the area, and as well as another 10,000 square feet of retail space.
For more information on the North Ramp renovations, visit EdinaMN.gov. For information about the shops and services at 50th & France, visit 50thandFrance.com.