Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Public Art

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Public Art

Client: Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC)
Location: Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minneapolis, MN
Architect: Alliiance
Selected Artist: Jen Lewin

Pictured Above: Rendering of The Aurora by Jen Lewin, 2018. Images courtesy of the artist.


Beginning in 2017, Via Partnership managed the selection and commissioning process for a signature, site-specific work of art for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). The project, located in a central gathering space, is intended to become a visual icon for the airport and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.


The artwork is being commissioned in conjunction with a multi-phase improvement project for Terminal 1 at MSP and will be located in the new two-story atrium space that connects the ticketing and bag claim levels of the Terminal. Working with the MAC, the Airport Foundation and Arts@MSP, Via convened an artist selection committee comprised of community stakeholders and arts professionals and led a process that resulted in the selection of Brooklyn-based Jen Lewin. Lewin met with the local community at a series of public meetings and is mentoring a Minneapolis-based emerging public artist throughout the design and fabrication process.


The design for Lewin’s The Aurora was unveiled in November 2018. The piece will be made up of two light-based interactive components. The first, an elegant curve of glass and metal, will be suspended in the atrium. It includes 8000 interactive LED bulbs which will change colors in reaction to the seasons and the movement of people walking on the second component – clusters of glass set into the floor, which are shaped like some of the many lakes in the area and also change color as people walk over them. Installation is expected to be complete in 2021.