The 'Parklot' to Open 7/11
The "Parklot," Minneapolis' new, first-of-its-kind pop-up park, and Made Here, downtown's new urban walking gallery, will launch from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, July 11, 2014 in the surface parking lot adjacent to the Orpheum Theatre between 9th and 10th Streets. The Parklot will be the center of the Trust's Summer in the City celebration, a fun public party also featuring free walking tours of the newly installed Made Here window Showcases, large scale projections on the Orpheum's outer wall, a variety of street musicians including accordionist Mark Stillman, urban and break dancing, comedy improvisation by Brave New Workshop, a cash bar, a food truck and other highlights to create a vibrant and welcoming city oasis.
The Parklot uniquely transforms the normally utilitarian Orpheum Theatre parking lot on Hennepin Avenue into an inviting, friendly space with colorfully painted building walls and street surfaces, landscaping and greenery such as trees, flowers and other plants. The seating and a performance area, inspired by sustainable practices, are crafted from wooden shipping pallets. The Parklot is a collaborative project involving businesses, educational organizations and other downtown stakeholders. Weather permitting, it will remain open into the fall. The Parklot provides a template for upcoming initiatives and is presented by Bank of America with additional support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Damon Farber, Tangletown Gardens and LOLL Designs.
Friday, July 11 also marks the official launch of Made Here, downtown's new urban walking gallery and the largest storefront window initiative in the country. Temporarily filling empty spaces with Minnesota artwork, some 40 window "Showcases" encompassing 15 venues and covering nearly 15 city blocks will be unveiled. Made Here celebrates creativity from across Minnesota and the displays have been created by more than 50 individual local artists, 11 artist collaborations and a group of local companies including presenting sponsor Andersen Windows, recognized as a premiere Minnesota heritage brand. In addition, the popular Pedalstar Gallactica, a bicycle powered kinetic sculpture, returns for the evening for the public to view and ride during at the Highland Bank Court building, 811 LaSalle Avenue.