Downtown Public Art Walking Tour

The City of Minneapolis has long maintained a vital program of public art. Public art has been part of civic projects dating back to the completion of the City Hall in 1906 with its majestic Carrara marble statue “The Father of Waters.” Private property owners, in the more recent past, have included public art in their developments. This tour will visit important examples within downtown Minneapolis. Art work on the tour has been executed by local as well as significant nationally prominent artists such as Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The art included on this tour is associated with many important historic and contemporary buildings in Minneapolis giving an overview of our urban landscape.

This tour walks about 2 miles and is ADA accessible.

The tour is led by Gordon Olschlager who has over 35 years of experience in historic preservation consultation. He has served on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee in both Minnesota and Los Angeles. Gordon currently serves on the board of the Friends of Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis.