In the South Loop:

In the South Loop

The South Loop is a developing Bloomington neighborhood that is home to the Mall of America, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 13 (and counting) hotels, four light rail transit stations, an existing residential area, and significant new development opportunities. The City of Bloomington has adopted a long-range plan to transform the South Loop into a densely-populated, walkable urban neighborhood that attracts residents, workers, hotel guests, and shoppers through its unique character and assets.

South Loop Sculpture - Request for Proposals

Budget: $300,000.00
Application link:
Deadline: February 1, 2019, 11:00 PM CST

The City of Bloomington’s Creative Placemaking Commission in partnership with Artistry invite experienced public artists to submit qualifications for the design and installation of a unique large-scale sculpture which will be strategically placed near the intersection of 24th Avenue South and East 78th Street; a major entry point and most traveled southbound artery into Bloomington’s developing South Loop District. The installation and accompanying South Loop signage will create a more distinctive sense of place and identity and may reflect the past, present or future of South Loop while providing an opportunity to surprise and delight those who visit, work and live in the South Loop.

Project Updates

Read: The Plan for Creative Placemaking in the South Loop
Read: Appendices for Creative Placemaking in the South Loop
Visit: City of Bloomington Creative Placemaking Commission website

Creative Placemaking in the South Loop is a project of Artistry and the City of Bloomington. The first 18 months of the project was funded by an “Our Town” matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant outcomes included the development of a long-term creative placemaking plan for the South Loop and a series of demonstration projects. Artistry and the City are grateful to our project partners, including the Mall of America, McGough, Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and others. The project was managed by a team of artists and planners with Creative Community Builders.

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Artistry continues to partner with the City of Bloomington to bring a stronger identity, vitality, and creative energy to the South Loop district by engaging artists and other creative people.

To learn about past projects, visit the Project Archive.

Diagram of the South Loop district