The public is invited to celebrate the completion of the John Biggers Seed Project – a collaborative effort by fifteen local black artists.
The resulting work is an artistic railing on the Olson Memorial Highway bridge over Interstate 94 and includes over 300 hand-painted, glass enamel panels. Enameled on both sides, it is visible both on the bridge and below from I-94.
Seed honors John Biggers, a major 20th century African American artist who passed away in 2002.
Seed is led by artists Ta-coumba T. Aiken and Seitu Jones. The design was developed collectively with artists Mica Lee Anders, Sayge Carroll, Roger Cummings, Patrick Cunningham, Angela Davis, Loretta Day, Christopheraaron Deanes, Adrienne Doyle, Jeremiah Bey Ellison, Jordan Hamilton, Chris Harrison, Esther Osayande and Chris Scott. Willis Bing Davis and Jon Onye Lockard, colleagues of John Biggers, advised on the project. Lockard passed away in 2015.
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023
The celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m. with shuttle buses (optional) departing the Capri Theater to view the artwork. The event will return to the Capri from 3:00 to 6:00 pm for artist presentations and a reception. Tickets are free.
Seed is a partnership of City’s Art in Public Places program of the Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Department of Public Works, the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center and Minnesota Department of Transportation. It was funded by the City’s Art in Public Places Program, the McKnight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program and the North Loop Neighborhood Association.
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