There are many public art opportunities that can better define the Greenway for the community. In this section we seek to identify and describe these opportunities. 

Categories of public art in the Greenway include:

System-wide

Artworks that assist in creating a sense of continuity throughout the Greenway Corridor, i.e. design of system of bridges, walls, lighting, entries, signage. Broad sweeping repetitive elements help to create continuity and can serve as a type of branding of the Greenway. This is not as simple as creating a logo community-wide effort should be facilitated to create a vocabulary of images related to the different segments of the Greenway and its surrounding neighborhoods

Infrastructure-based

Artworks designed by artists, in collaboration with project design team, and integrated into the permanent structure of the Corridor, i.e. overpasses, sidewalks/pathways, landscape. Often built as part of the project construction documents

Temporary

Generally, though not always, lower cost projects that are placed on a temporary basis throughout the system. These may be commissioned in response to a relevant current event, a special event, and/or in collaboration with another presenting organization. Possible examples include pyrotechnic demonstrations, heating or lighting elements under the Greenway snow (flexible fiber optic cable?), projections (of images or films on the west side of the Great Lakes Center), etc.

Site-Specific

Typically permanently placed artworks created for and in response to a specific location often serving no function other than aesthetic. These are individual responses to a given site

Functional objects

Functional artworks, i.e. drinking fountains, information kiosks, planters, tree guards, tree grates, bike racks, gates, benches, designed by artists and intended for utilitarian purpose

Buying Horseradish. Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Public Library, Minneapolis Collection

Buying Horseradish. Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Public Library, Minneapolis Collection

Powderhorn Farmer's Market; October 6, 2000; Photo by Tim Francisco 

Powderhorn Farmer's Market; October 6, 2000; Photo by Tim Francisco