Seward Gateway Sculpture Project

2013 Seward Gateway Sculpture Project

Unveiling Event Sat. Dec. 7th, 10am at Fire Station #7!

Schedule for the unveiling:

10am : treats and warm beverages, music
10:10am : artists presentation of sculpture
10:30am : sparkling cider toast
~10:40am : parade down Franklin Ave. (decorated bikes+Art Cars!!!)

In the summer and fall of 2013, Articulture and Connie Cohen worked with a group of teen artists to create a public art mosaic sculpture for Seward neighborhood that responds to the question, “What is our collective understanding of home and community?”. The sculpture is an 8′ tall house covered in a beautiful glass design. The artwork site is the west side of Seward Fire Station #7, right on Franklin Ave. Partnering with Articulture in this endeavor are Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) and Seward Redesign.

The artists began by working on each panel separately, cutting and laying the glass for the mosaic by hand. Upon completion, the panels were placed in a metal frame to form the house, and was installed at Fire Station #7.

Seward Gateway Sculpture Project Team:

Connie Cohen: lead artist
Carol-lynn Comparetto: Articulture Intern, teen recruiter and coordinator
Jessica Barnd: liason between project and City of Mpls, artist’s assistant, blogger
Luke Muyskens: Articulture Intern, assistant
Gina Gregory: Intern
Beth Gail: Intern
Anastasia Atheneos: teen artist
Grace Scribner-O’Pray: teen artist
June Haddow: teen artist
Larry Whiten: teen artist
Madeline Christy: teen artist
Maia Roberts: teen artist
McKayla Vega: teen artist
Mary Metchnek: Articulture Intern and teen artist
Natasha White: teen artist

Friends (donors and volunteers) of the project: Rachel Nicolay, Zipps, Seward Pizza Luce, Barton Player Pianos, Bruce Miller & Maureen Higgens, Peter Fleck & Mary Weber, Anonymous, Diann Anders, Jenny Larson, Seward Co-Op, Spokes, Peace Coffee, Baker’s Wife

Project Timeline

June 15th – deadline for teen artists to apply
August 15th – workshops begin, Thur. & Fri. nights from 4-8pm, and Sat. afternoon from 11am-3pm.
October 5th, Sat. from 4-6pm – open house! See panels in the making and meet the artists!
October 10th from 4-8pm – community workshop day (ages 14 & up!)
October (last week) – sculpture installation at the firestation, pending city approval!
Fri. Dec. 6th – Spokes bike decorating party, 4-6:30pm.
Sat. Dec. 7th (kicking off Day #1 of the Seward Winter Frolic) – unveiling event at 10am, outside Firestation #7

If your neighborhood organization, nonprofit, or business is interested in partnering with us, or if you’d like to volunteer to participate, contact Elizabeth Greenbaum at

Postings made by Deborah Ervin (Articulture’s Admin Coordinator) and Jessica Barnd (City liason & artist assistant)



Dates & Times:

Open House, Sat. 10/5 from 4-6pm
Community Work Day #1, Thur. 10/10 from 4-8pm (14 yrs of age+)
Community Work Day #2, Fri. 10/11 from 4-8pm (14 yrs of age+)