St. Paul's Urban Flower Field at Pedro Park, a cross-pollination of art, the civic process, community and science, has been named one of just five recipients of the 2014 "Great Urban Place" award from the Sensible Land Use Coalition.
The recognition is the first of its kind for Urban Flower Field, a temporary public art installation in a transitional space in downtown St. Paul featuring a full-wall mural, 96 bio-diverse plots of flowers, and an ongoing soil remediation experiment with the University of Saint Thomas. Other 2014 winners included the IDS Crystal Court, Wirth Beach and the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, and the St. Paul Farmer's Market in St. Paul.
"Our goal with Urban Flower Field is to bring joy, beauty and color to this space, and to create a gathering space for programmed activities, research and neighborhood events," said artist Amanda Lovelee, the City Artist in Residence (CAIR) in charge of Urban Flower Field. "This recognition is a tremendous honor that couldn't have happened without the downtown community, particularly Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, which understood our vision and helped make it a reality."
Urban Flower Field is produced by nonprofit Public Art Saint Paul in partnership with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. Its location at 10th and Robert streets, on the site of the future Pedro Park, is ideal for a public gathering space and urban laboratory, and has received praise from downtown residents and workers alike.
Congratualtions to Amanda and her collaborators!