Minnesota Public Radio and the City of Minneapolis announced the launch of MPR’s Sound Point™ tour of Minneapolis Public Art. The interactive audio tour allows visitors to access a series of stories about new works of public art in Minneapolis, and to leave their own stories in return. The signs invite you to call or text a number, or visit a website using your smart phone to scan the QR Code, and hear the artist talk about the project.
At the end of the talk, you have the option of leaving a message, telling the city and MPR what you think of the art work. Raves and rants are equally welcome.
“Whether we look closely or not, great art in public spaces improves our quality of life in Minneapolis every day,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “I’m pleased that MPR has created the ‘Sound Point’ tour of our beautiful public artwork. It’s a terrific tool for people to pause, look and learn more about our city, our art and our many great artists.”
Currently there are 13 “sound points” in Minneapolis, with plans to expand to 25 in the near future.
The City has published a map of these locations to assist viewers in conducting their own self-guided tour of these artworks.
More about the Sound Point™ project
MPR’s Sound Point™ is a project that seeks to start a community conversation about a place in that place. Sound Point™ subjects can be related to art, history, architecture, nature or community building. A Sound Point at Duluth’s Enger Tower features stories by local experts about the landscape below the tower. Other Minnesota locations for future Sound Points include: Murals in South Minneapolis; and music performed by the vocal ensemble Cantus at acoustically unique destinations around the state. Everyone who listens to a Sound Point™ story will have the chance to “talk back” to MPR, offering new questions or insights or sharing their favorite story about their community. They’ll be invited to join the Public Insight Network (PIN) to improve MPR’s coverage of their community and our region. PIN is a group of people who have agreed to be sources for journalists whenever their area of expertise is useful.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio and TCDailyPlanet.net