Somehow both expansive and dense, the lock at the Upper St. Anthony Falls is of course outside but feels somehow interior, almost internal. Its’ tall walls and liquid floor struggle to even define, much less confine, this dense space. With the lower gates permanently open, its’ imposing presence is constantly visible from the historic Stone Arch Bridge standing as a testament to the utilitarian history of this great river.
Taking data from the extensive logbooks kept by the staff of the Army Corp of Engineering over the years, this project will speak to the times this space was filled with the Mississippi River. Data derived from handwritten pool heights will dictate a constant shifting background color while the color intensity will speak to the times the lock was emptied or filled with the river allowing for navigation of the falls. This spectacle will thus display the 52 year operating history of this central iconic Minneapolis space through data recorded by the people who tended it.
Dates & Location
September 15th & 16th 7:30pm - 10:00pm
St. Anthony Lock and Dam
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401