Thank you to the Star Tribune for selecting the Social Justice Billboard Project and my work Masking:Testament,2020 as one of nine outdoor art gems in Minneapolis!
Exert: Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, Rocks, raindrop and a hug: Nine outdoor art gems in the Twin Cities , Dec. 10, 2020
Museums are still shut down, but luckily the Twin Cities area is home to many public artworks. We tracked down some outdoor art treasures that you can check out safely — some visible from the street or a car, others located in parks.
Social Justice Billboard Project
Three billboards positioned high above the corner of 38th and Chicago, where George Floyd was killed, spotlight work by artists of color. New York-based Naima Green's "& full of dreams too" captures a path through a lush, green, tropical garden. "To All My Relations (Metakuye Oyasin)," by Ivan Watkins of Los Angeles, portrays a man with dreads and a feathered headdress sitting in a Minneapolis landscape of the Stone Arch Bridge, Mississippi River and downtown skyline. California-based artist Jessica Wimbley's "Masking; Testament" zooms in on the face of a Black person wearing a mask with images of BLM signs and visions from last summer's protests. NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory launched the billboard project in July and will keep it up through at least mid-January.