Contribute to a Collaborative Community Art Project at Art-A-Whirl

Join James Brenner Sculpture at Franconia in the City @ Casket for Art-A-Whirl weekend. You'll have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative community art project "The Hydro Wish Tree" and have a first look at his new project "Hydro-Dynamics". Additionally, you'll have a chance to see the work recently cast in Atlanta as part of the commemorative ceremony honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. With so much to see, you won't want to miss this!


About "The Hydro Wish Tree": What is your wish for the health of the Mississippi River? What does the river mean to you and in your life? Drop in to contribute to a collaborative sculpture. Visitors are invited to add their own ideas of challenges facing the river and qualities needed to overcome these challenges by creating a unique mission statement, writing it on a colored leaf, and hanging it upon an artistic vision tree. In collaboration with Franconia Sculpture Park, visitors are also invited to create their own inventions to aid healthy water management to hang on the Wish Tree.


About "Hydro-Dynamics": James Brenner aims to create artwork with the research currently being conducted in the Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. He has worked out concept prototypes for a kinetic sculpture powered by turbine technology installed in the Mississippi River where it will collect information about the waters movement and translate data to a remote, onshore sculpture equipped with lighting that will rotate in color and speed to reflect the water’s current. The land sculpture will serve as a visual representation of scientific data at work in the arts.


*James Brenner is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.