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Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

From Farmington, Part II: Building community through art August 8, 2018

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I’M A MEGA FAN of accessible outdoor public art. Like murals.



Earlier this year, I came across a lengthy mural on the side of the Farmington Steak House in the heart of this south metro Minnesota downtown. It is the project of many—adults and youth—and funded by many.



“Reflections and Visions” embraces the idea of community, past, present and future. I like the concept of people coming together to create, to celebrate history and cultures and more in a work of public art.





In this age of so much conflict, so much hatred and anger and disagreement, I appreciate the efforts of these artists to focus on the positive, to see that each of us, though different, define community.





I am not so naïve as to think any singular mural will solve the issues that divide us. But we must start somewhere. And art seems a good place to begin.

TELL ME: Have you come across a similar outdoor public art installation that builds community and bridges differences? I’d like to hear.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “From Farmington, Part II: Building community through art”

  1. I believe we need to know our history, where we are at in the present and what we are moving towards, especially in not repeating history, but making progress for the good of the community. Beautiful reminder 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    This is a beautiful mural. Society needs some stepping stones like these.

  3. valeriebollinger Says:

    I tried to paste a photo of the mural on the building where my son has his business in Uptown but it didn’t work. Our son had an artist paint a nice mural on the cement wall outside the building depicting the Minneapolis area and Minnesota icons/images…I’ll email it to you. Inside the building in the lobby area he had the artist paint a mural with the history of telecommunications.They are very interesting.

  4. Have you ever been to Grand Rapids, Michigan? Every year around the middle of September for two weeks the entire city turns into an art event with Artist from around the world competing for the prizes offered. It is called Art Prize and my wife and I love it. Everywhere you go, every old building and street corner becomes an art exhibit. It is all free, and there are almost 2,000 exhibits. We have a large Art Museum, and for that time you can go into the Museum at no charge. It is thrilling and would be worth making a drive to Michigan to see this remarkable event. No other city offers this kind of display.

  5. Littlesundog Says:

    We have a lot of building murals here also, done by Native American artists in the area. I often use them as part of a photo background when photographing family and friends, while taking them on my “real life” (as opposed to touristy) tours of this region. For example, one mural scene shows buffalo running towards the viewer. I often place my family or friends in “running” poses in front of the buffalo, as if they are running for their lives! It makes for some comical shots, and really gives attention to the mural.

    Recently in East Germany, I found the graffiti on old sections of the Berlin wall, some of the most fascinating art… and of course it was all free to observe.

  6. Beth Ann Says:

    You know I love murals like these and often photograph them myself. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wonderful stuff, Audrey. Thanks for sharing!

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