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Artist selected for iconic piece in Terminal 1

An artist internationally known for large scale, technology-driven, interactive artwork was selected recently to create a major piece for Terminal 1-Lindbergh .

Jen Lewin will design the piece, which will be visible on both the airport’s baggage claim and ticketing levels. A new opening between the levels is being developed as part of a multi-year project to expand and modernize the front of the terminal.

An open house about the artwork will take place from 7-9 a.m. on Friday, June 8 for MSP employees. At the event, which will take place on the mezzanine level of the ticketing lobby, you'll learn about Lewin's interactive projects around the world and have an opportunity to share your reflections on quintessential “Minnesota Moments” with Jen to help inspire her work.

For the general public, three upcoming community meetings will also take place.

  • Thursday, June 7, 6-8 p.m., at the Weisman Art Museum, William Shepherd Room, on the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus.
  • Friday, June 8, 6-8 p.m., Weisman Art Museum, William Shepherd Room
  • Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Northrop Auditorium, Best Buy Theater, also on the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus.

For those who can't attend these meetings, but still want to be a part of the process, an online survey is also available for providing input.

A blue ribbon artist selection committee chose Lewin through a vetting process that included an invitation to 59 artists experienced in creating this type of large-scale public work. Lewin will be assisted in the process by a Minnesota artist who she will mentor as part of the project.

“With Jen’s help, we have an opportunity to install an engaging artwork that will reflect the airport and the region, help transform the arrivals and departures lobbies and, over time, become an iconic symbol of MSP,” said Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the organization that owns and operates MSP.

Lewin already has experience creating interactive pieces in Minnesota; she designed the sidewalk harp located near Target Field. People walking by that piece can make music by waving their hands under a series of LED lights.

You can learn more about Lewin’s artwork at this web page.