Dear Saint Paul

Dear St. Paul public art project seeks community input

Artist Karl Unnasch will transform a water tower in St. Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone into a beacon wrapped in a backlit, contemporary stained-glass mural

Renowned Minnesota artist Karl Unnasch will transform a monumental water tower in St. Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) into a love letter to the city. This iconic reminder of our rich industrial past will become a self-illuminated “lighthouse” celebrating the rejuvenation efforts underway in the area and highlight what citizens love about St. Paul.

To transform the water tower located at 755 Prior Ave N, next to the soon to be opened Can Can Wonderland, Unnasch and his team are engaging the community to collect inspiration in the form of text, images, video, drawings, and sketches to be displayed on the water tower, based on the theme “Dear Saint Paul, __(you fill in the blank)___.” 

The community is asked to submit their letters, images, and ideas with the following questions in mind:

  • Where do you hang out in St. Paul?
  • Where do you take your kids to have fun in St. Paul?
  • What places do you brag about in St. Paul?
  • Where do you bring out-of-towners who want to see St. Paul?
  • What do you like about your neighborhood? 
  • What's the best hidden secret in St. Paul?
  • What is your favorite place in St. Paul?
  • Describe your favorite St. Paul event.

Ideas can be submitted on the Dear St. Paul Facebook page, by using #DearStPaul on Instagram and Twitter or sending us an email.  Additionally, you can download and print the flyer  and mail it to CEZ, 2314 University Ave. W, Suite 28. St. Paul, MN 55114. Ideas will be collected through the fall of 2016 and the water tower  is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2017.

Dear St. Paul is funded by a Knight Arts Challenge grant this citizen engagement process is funded by St. Paul's Cultural STAR Program. The project is facilitated by the Creative Enterprise Zone Action Committee and Forecast Public Art.