Friday, April 30, 2010

Wing Young Huie's University Avenue Project

Young mom with baby on Metro Transit bus, black and white photo
I can't wait for tomorrow night, when photographer Wing Young Huie's new University Avenue Project will be unveiled.

Huie is known for his urban photography, such as his Frogtown and Lake Street USA projects. For University Avenue, his large-format prints will be posted in the windows of businesses and as giant murals from the Minneapolis line to Rice Street, near the State Capitol.

Somali elementary students at lunch, girls in headscarves, color photo
According to the Pioneer Press, the images will be on view for six months. Plus, each night at twilight (starting 8:00 p.m. this Saturday) the images will be projected onto large screens in an empty car dealership lot at 1433 University (near Pascal Avenue.) The infrastructure to create the projections and support the screen are made from shipping containers. The images will run for two hours, and can be seen from a mile away.

High school age girl and boy at a gas station, color photo
Huie worked with students from a variety of high schools along the avenue. A number of the students and other participants, as well as Huie himself, will be speaking about it tomorrow at different "nodes" along the street.

Huie has also published a book of some of the photos (Minnesota Historical Society Press). What a lot of work this whole project must have been, and what an admirable accomplishment. I'm really looking forward to seeing it all.


Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Fabulous project! I'm a little worried about traffic accidents near the projected images....

elena said...

I love Wing's work! Thanks for calling attention to it.