MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – Continuing a ballpark tradition, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA) will today unveil Target Field’s newest public art installation: a 66-foot long glass mosaic on the 7th Street side of Target Plaza (near Gate 29 ). which presents the topics “All are welcome in the target field” and “Celebrating Our Community’s Rich Diversity”. Created by the acclaimed Minneapolis duo of mosaic artist Daniela Bianchini and muralist Kalaka, this majestic mural, composed of thousands of individual pieces of glass, brings together many of Minnesota’s cultures and communities in a colorful expression of unity.
“Of the many things that make Target Field special, our ongoing celebration of public arts is one of which the Twins organization is particularly proud,” said Club President and CEO Dave St. Peter. “From the 5th Street facade to Target Plaza at 7th, inside and outside the ballpark, these works represent our game, our team and our community in a way that is as unique as the artists themselves. Target Field is for everyone and we’re thrilled that our baseball stadium’s “Lobby” will now celebrate the wonderful diversity of our city, state and region—not just on game day, but every day. We are grateful to our partners with the MBA and applaud Daniela and Kalaka for their amazing vision, energy and talent.”
“When we began designing Target Field, our focus was on building seamless connections to downtown Minneapolis and the North Loop, as well as creating high-quality space outside of the gates to attract people to the stadium year-round.” said MBA Executive Director Dan Kenney. “We are delighted with the exceptional work of Daniela and Kalaka and the vibrancy that the new mural brings to the space.”
The mosaic mural is as diverse and special as the people it depicts. Bianchini and Kalaka’s art depicts an inclusive group of fans entering the target field, with a variety of colors, races, ages, genders, even vegetation and animals. The intention of the artists is that everyone who walks past the mural and enters the target field feels represented, has a sense of belonging and welcome. The piece is framed by a sun on the side of the ballpark to symbolize hope for a bright future, and on the other side of the court by a person waving to present an open invitation for others to join.
Bianchini and Kalaka were selected from a group of 16 Minnesota-based artists and duos who responded to the twins and MBA’s first call for proposals in September 2021. Five finalists were selected to submit a detailed proposal and subsequent interview with a selection committee consisting of selected Twins Front Office and MBA staff, as well as a representative of the MBA Commissioner. Bianchi and Kalaka were awarded the project in November 2021; The design was completed in January and work on the mosaics began that month. The installation on Target Plaza was completed this week.
See the next page for a list of other notable public art installations in Zielfeld.
Daniela Bianchini, a native of Córdoba, Argentina who moved to Minnesota 20 years ago at the age of 19 and fell in love with the state, believes that creativity and art – especially mosaic art – have the potential to bring people together to create amazing things. Daniela has a passion, passion and excitement for mosaics, a medium she believes brings experiences, places, people and color together. While she has participated in exhibitions and art exhibitions, Daniela’s goal is to use her artistic passion to create mosaic murals that beautify public spaces that promote art and express culture for everyone to enjoy.
Kalaka – a painter, muralist and illustrator – was born in Chile but exiled to Venezuela with his parents when he was young. He holds a degree in Literature from the Central University of Venezuela while studying Illustration and Graphics at the Escola de Comic Joso in Barcelona, Spain. Kalaka’s family history within social and political militancy, coupled with the impact of the urban art movement in Barcelona, guided his work towards urgent and timely interventions in public space; this is his way to becoming a contemporary muralist. Kalaka’s work can be seen on city walls around the world, including Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United States and Venezuela. His illustrations have appeared in four published books, two of them for children. Kalaka is currently developing art for a book of stories by Spanish singer and composer Amparo Sánchez and creating public art with mosaic artist Daniela Bianchini. Visit elkalaka.com for more information.
IMPORTANT TARGET PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
The Wave by Ned Kahn (2010)
Attached to the Target Plaza side of Ramp B, Ned Kahn’s “The Wave” is a 60-foot-tall, 600-foot-long tethered structure made up of tens of thousands of baseball-card-shaped aluminum elements that sway in the wind. Illuminated by LED lights, the project was a collaboration between Kahn and landscape architect Tom Oslund and Associates.
5th Street Murals by Craig David (commissioned by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority; 2010)
Created by St. Paul artist Craig David, the three-piece porcelain mosaic lining Target Field’s 5th Street facade celebrates water and sustainability, baseball and mass transit. “Sustainability Reborn” is 8 feet tall and 24 feet wide, while “A History of Minnesota Baseball” and “Transit Then and Now” are each 8 feet by 30 feet.
Twins Legends statues by Bill Mack (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2017)
Designed by Minneapolis-based sculptor Bill Mack, these statues represent some of the biggest influences in Minnesota Twins history: Rod Carew (2010), Harmon Killebrew (2010), Kirby Puckett (2010), Carl and Eloise Pohlad (2010), Tony Oliva (2011), Kent Hrbek (2012) and Tom Kelly (2017).
Golden Glove (2010) and TC (2014) Statues by TivoliToo (2010)
Designed by Twin Cities’ TivoliToo as a tribute to the Twins’ past, present and future Gold Glove Award winners, Target Plaza’s two-by-nine-foot Golden Glove statue near Gate 34 has been a favorite since the stadium opened 2010 fan photo spot. In 2014, the 5-foot-tall statue of beloved Twins mascot TC was unveiled on the Gate 29 side of the Plaza.
Target field station (2014)
Al Price’s Northstar (funded by the Northstar Project, managed by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority)
Arizona artist Al Price used stainless steel mesh to create a star shape on the ceiling of Target Field Station. The configuration is based on moiré patterns: when two patterns overlay to create a third that changes as the viewer’s or pattern’s position changes.
CityGlyphs by Craig David (commissioned by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority)
The amphitheater’s seating walls are adorned with three murals depicting the themes of transit, sustainability and assembly; Each features universal symbols in a contemporary design based on ancient petroglyphs. The concept was created by Craig David in collaboration with team artists Jennifer David and Alan Svoboda.
Curve Ball Fountain by Zoran Mojsilov (commissioned by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority)
Created by Minneapolis sculptor Zoran Mojsilov from granite and stainless steel, this 10-foot by 25-foot by 25-foot water fountain is complemented by marble stones recovered from the 1890 Metropolitan Building, believed to be Minneapolis’ first skyscraper.
Custom Bike Loops by Greg Ingraham (commissioned by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority)
These custom bike racks, designed by local artist and landscape architect Greg Ingraham, double as transit- and baseball-themed artwork around Target Field Station.
A designer within Populous Activate, Mary Lim’s “Twins City” spans the walls in Truly On Deck’s glass elevator shaft, combining the dual natures of Minneapolis and St. Paul into a landscape to celebrate the Twins’ brand and community.
Northern Lights by Adam Turman
Minneapolis-based illustrator Adam Turman’s “Northern Lights” uses his eponymous natural light show along with oversized evergreen trees to dominate the backdrop of Truly On Deck’s two-story mural, which depicts the twins and National Baseball Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew and Kirby Puckett, along with the club’s 1987 and 1991 World Cups.
Pennant and opening day by Forrest Wozniak
Forrest Wozniak, a Minneapolis native and lifelong Twins fan, painted the iconic “Opening Day” on the main concourse adjacent to the entrance of Truly On Deck, along with “Pennant” bringing the joy of victory to the restaurant’s main stairwell.
5,278 swings by Jenny Zanata
Twin Cities’ Jenny Zanata, who specializes in creating unique visual experiences that come to life in unexpected ways, did just that with 5,728 Swings. Using the barrels of as many bats as the name suggests – some blue, some red, and some tan – Zanata created a two-piece piece that has a three-dimensional representation of the iconic “TC” sign and twins on one wall, and a 3D illustration on the other. Version of the Major League Baseball logo.