Eden Prairie is committed to supporting public art and community-based programming to support creative expression, spark dialogue and reinforce a sense of community.
In addition, integrating art in public spaces further enhances our values of health, equity and diversity, sustainability and resilience, and historic preservation. The City intends to use public art to generate a greater sense of identity and understanding of where people live, work and visit.
Rotating Art Series
Eden Prairie is home to a Rotating Art Series funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
These installations, some of which are temporary, are intended to infuse art into the daily lives of residents and visitors in Eden Prairie, and to engage the community in discussions about the value of art in defining a sense of place.
Each year, artists from across Minnesota submit their work to be considered for display. Consideration and selections are made based on a number of criteria, including quality, artistic merit and the connection to the proposed site. Pieces are typically shown for one year, from May until May, and are often available for purchase.
Call for Artists
The City is looking for innovative artists to display existing work, create new work or propose a purposeful art happening for the Rotating Art Series. Artists retain ownership of their work unless the nature of the work prevents it or they choose to donate it to the City. Physical artwork must be appropriate for Minnesota’s extreme weather if exhibited outdoors; there are a few indoor locations that may be used for installations or art happenings.
Current Public Art Displays
Artist: Chloe Rizzo
This mosaic is the latest piece from Rizzo’s pollinator series, which was begun in 2014 and highlights human impact on pollinator populations, and the importance of hope through environmental conservation.
Rizzo is inspired by the curiosity of youth and older generations who impart their wisdom through storytelling. Both capture the beauty and power of the moment to realize their connectedness to the natural world. This project allowed her to draw upon Eden Prairie’s history of fertile farmlands and biodiversity, while joining imagery of one generation with stories of another.
This mosaic belongs to the City as a generous donation from the artist.
Artist: Jenna Myrland
Artist Apprentices: PiM Arts High School students Kenna Amberg, Rylie Engebretsen-Small, Maria Fuller, Mari George, Kenzie Howe, Tessa Hyndman, Shale Karas, Sara Moen, Dayton Mohling, Ace Tiede, Tae Toussaint and Carter Vanbebber, led by instructor Julie Fowler
The Minnesota River Vista evokes awe through its incredible beauty. It is both immense in its expanse, and delightfully alive with its teaming wildlife and flora. Playing in this contrast, the artwork magnifies elements from the greater landscape to offer an impression of their own immensity—both in size and importance. Adding in imaginary elements enhances the whimsical nature of the design and seeks to transform the tunnel into a space that momentarily suspends reality and evokes feelings of childlike wonder. It is with this mindset that the artist hopes viewers experience and respect the true beauty of the vista just beyond.
This mural is a permanent installation.
Artist: Gail Katz-James
Mod Pod is a sculpture inspired by a vintage toy space capsule crossed with a straw dispenser and retro spinning top. Each level contains different suspended objects to discover. Give each section a gentle spin and peek inside to see the movement of the tiny treasures inside and imagine your own liftoff. The different surface patterns are inspired by textiles from around the world. The colors are inspired by brightly colored vintage toy tops, as well as lighthouses.
This sculpture is on loan from the artist.
Storage and Utility Boxes
Since 2018, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, the City has transformed eight storage and utility boxes into permanent public art. Each design comes from a Minnesota artist chosen through an application process.
This artwork allows the City to beautify functional items that typically stick out as an eyesore in otherwise well-maintained and attractive park settings. Covering the boxes with weather-resistant material that serves as a canvas for artwork extends the life of the equipment and, more importantly, allows for the discovery of art in what many would consider unexpected places — athletic complexes.
The project meets several City Council goals, including Sense of Community, Preserved and Beautiful Environment and Innovative and Sustainable Practices, as well as goals set out in the City’s comprehensive plan, Aspire Eden Prairie 2040. Public art is one of the elements identified in the Aspire plan’s vision for the future of Eden Prairie, with focus groups and workshops identifying desired locations for public art installations throughout the City.
Box Locations and Artists
- Homeward Hills Park: Kevin McLaughlin
- Miller Park: Cathy Durso, Keren Kroul, Thomas Putzier and Emily Taylor
- Miracle League Field: Mollie Rae Miller
- Pioneer Park: Geno Okok
- Riley Lake Park: Angela Davis