Artist paints billboard of Minneapolis skyline

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August 8, 2014
By: Bjorn Saterbak
Artist Andy Saczynski at work on a billboard at 10th & Hennepin.
Photo by Bjorn Saterbak
Bjorn Saterbak

Imagine painting a billboard while suspended 60 feet in the air. Scary, right? It was for mixed-media artist Andy Saczynski when he started painting a billboard on 930 Hennepin Ave in Downtown Minneapolis. 

Saczynski, a Florida native who specializes in assemblage art partnered with Immaculate Baking Company to celebrate the company’s new line of scratch baking mixes and ingredients. He said he “got over” his fear of heights after being suspended for two hours on Tuesday.

“Part of why I wanted to do this project was to conquer that fear,” Saczynki said. “(Tuesday) morning I was a little shaky, but (I am) very comfortable up there now.”

Saczynski is painting the 40’ by 18’ billboard by hand using a combination of spray paint and house paint. The final product will be a reimagining of the Minneapolis skyline and is expected for completion on Friday. It will be on display throughout August.

“The final product is kind of a transition from day to night, and it’s an interpretation of the Minneapolis skyline,” Saczynski said.

Immaculate Baking Company wanted to mirror its handmade approach to baking and chose to showcase Saczynski’s talents. Angela Ma, an Immaculate Baking Company representative, said she was thrilled when Saczynski agreed to paint the billboard.

“We’re super excited to be able to work with Andy on a visual arts scale,” Ma said.

The baking company selected two of Saczynski’s original pieces, Queen of the Jungle” and “Bons Temp Butterfly,” to adorn its gluten-free double chocolate cookie mix and organic all-purpose flour packages.

The new scratch baking mixes and organic all-purpose flour are available locally at Target and Walmart, and customers can get the scratch baking mix on as well.

Saczynski and Ma said they are both pleased with the progress of the billboard.

“We’re really happy with his progress so far, and we can’t wait to see what the end product will look like,” Ma said.