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It's a familiar story: urbanization endangering historic places. This might entail development companies pouncing on prime real estate and gutting the old buildings, or razing them to the ground to make room for high-rises. The fate of the Pillsbury A-Mill is in the former category, as it's poised to become an ultra-chic riverfront property right on St. Anthony Main.
In 2011, the Pillsbury A-Mill ranked on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the most endangered historic buildings in the country. Once the world's largest flour mill, the A-Mill is undergoing a transformation into more than 200 affordable artists' lofts.
Late last year, New York-based photographer Scott Heins went to the mill and documented incredible sights within, including skeletal scaffolding, colorful graffiti, and a gorgeous nighttime look at the Minneapolis skyline. We got Heins's insights about how he found this urban diamond in the rough, what it really looks like inside, and what he thinks about the rapid urbanization of the Twin Cities.More »
For the past five years, Northern Spark has taken over the Twin Cities to create an evening of pop-up installations, activities, performances, and more. Past happenings have included letter messengers on bikes, short-film screenings on the sides of buildings, yarn bombing by HOTTEA, and giant swing sets.
Kory Lidstrom Northern Spark 2014, MINN LAB, POSTography
Last year's event managed to carry on as best as possible despite torrential downpours most of the night. We're hoping for clear skies and nice temps at this year's event. The organization recently announced the festival date and some planned projects for 2015's all-night art party.More »
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Since May 2014, Brendan Lauer has been making a new video every single week. No matter what is going on, he diligently posts one every Friday. Some are under a minute long. Others can be up to six minutes. Regardless of length, so far he's stuck to his goal of producing a new video every week for 50 weeks.
Week 42, Locus of Control
What started as a conversation among local photographers has gained momentum to become Minnesota Exposure, a project that offers area shutterbugs the opportunity to compete, win prizes, and display their work.
So what is Minnesota Exposure?
"It's a celebration of artists for artists," says Tomas Alvarez, one of the founders. "Our mission is to create opportunities for photographers."More »