Podcast #64 – Planting Temporary Parks with Amanda Lovelee

amanda loveleeThe podcast this week is a conversation with Amanda Lovelee, a public artist and urban designer who is currently working as an artists-in-residence for the City of Saint Paul. Amanda has a fascinating resumé of public art projects that promote engagement and use urban space in a variety of interesting ways. Her latest project is a temporary two-year park installation in downtown Saint Paul in a vacant lot that once housed a luggage store. We sat down on a circle of paving stones in the middle of what will be the new park, called Flower Field.

Volunteers and workers were literally moving the dirt around and working on flower beds as we talked, so forgive the ambient noise. But Amanda and I had great conversation about her public art career, the role of art in public space, the potential of downtown Saint Paul, and what it’s like for an artist to work in a city public works department.

The link to the audio is here.

 

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Flower Field under construction.

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2 Responses to Podcast #64 – Planting Temporary Parks with Amanda Lovelee

  1. Jim June 10, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    As someone who lives in this neighborhood I’m happy to see some work (any work) started on this project. Unfortunately I find this little pocket park underwhelming. Pedro Park was proposed almost ten years ago. And this is how far it’s gotten? The neighborhood drew up plans for the next Mears Park, and after so many years this is the best we can do.

    I don’t want to sound curmudgeonly or dismissive to the hard work Amanda and others are putting into this. I know the city has projects like these throughout the city that have to compete against each other for funding. But this project has been in the works for far too long. And I fear new projects like the $18 million downtown bike loop will jump ahead of it.

  2. Barbara Lindeke June 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Can’t wait to see the new park. Enjoyed the conversation. Nice references to square dancing.

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