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June 9, 2003 // UPDATED 10:51 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

A regular feature that tracks the progress of the new Central Library and light-rail transit.

The Minneapolis Public Library and the City of Minneapolis are looking for artists to design seven public art projects for the New Central Library.

The public art project sites include Library Hall floor, a sculpture on Nicollet Mall, a sculpture on Hennepin Avenue, library fireplaces, artistic lighting, elevator lobby floors and the children\'s library.

Artists can apply to design one or more of the projects. Teams of artists may also apply. One artist or team of artists will be selected to be the lead artist or team for each project. All artists will be encouraged to collaborate with each other to integrate the art that will be in the New Central Library. One percent of the library project\'s budget (approximately $750,000) has been earmarked to fund public art.

A pre-proposal information forum for artists will be Tuesday, June 10, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Project Office, 15 S. 15th St., #210. Applications must be received by Tuesday, July 1 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the artist selection process, visit www.mplib.org/ncl_publicart.asp.

Plans for the New Central Library can be viewed online at www.mplib.org. Comments on the new library can be submitted through the Web site; via e-mail to AskUs@mplib.org; by snail mail to New Central Library Project, Minneapolis Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401; or by filling out a comment form available at any Minneapolis Public Library. Comments can also be submitted to the library at 630-6263.

Source: Anne Ulseth, New Central Library