Meander, the permanent public artwork commissioned for CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, opens to the public on Thursday, June 4. The artwork — built by Variable Projects director Adam Marcus and his Futures North collaborators Molly Reichert, Daniel Dean, and John Kim — anchors the west entrance of the ballpark along Broadway in Lowertown St. Paul. The artwork is inspired by the Mississippi River, which runs several blocks away, and consists of fifteen sculptural pillars that evoke the river's geometry and geography. LED lights embedded in the top of each pillar broadcast information about the river through a series of dynamic animations that communicate data related to water temperature, water quality, and wind speed along the river's length.
Futures North collaborated with fabricators Concreteworks, glass artist David Ruth, and programming consultant Max McDougall to construct the project; partners on the design and client team included Ryan Companies, the St. Paul Saints baseball club, Snow Kreilich Architects, Bob Close Studio, and the City of St. Paul Parks & Recreation Department.