Public Art: The Permanent Collection of Landmark Center

Landmark Center is undisputedly an architectural work of art – inside and out. Since its reopening in 1978 as a cultural center, it has acquired an impressive collection of art that is on display for the public viewing, at no cost to visitors. Each week, will be adding another piece from our collection to this website, along with links to learn more about the artists, the art forms, and art projects that will allow you to create your own art in the spirit of these amazing artists.

“Moon Garden Phoenix”

Assemblage Sculpture by Louise Nevelson

Create your own assemblage piece from items you can find around your home. Did you clean out a drawer or two while home this spring? Put those random items to use in a 2020 commemorative art installation for your home.

Watch “Art with Trista” to make your own assemblage sculpture! Supplies needed:

  • Table covering or tarp to protect your surface
  • A piece of cardboard
  • Random household items of varying shapes and sizes (dried pasta works, too!)
  • Glue (liquid)
  • Acrylic paint (brush or spray)

About the Art Form

The word automata (the plural of automaton) derives from the greek word autouata, which means “acting of one’s own will”. An automaton generally refers to a moving, mechanical device, usually constructed to look like a human or animal figure. Automatons are built to give the illusion of acting as if by their own power, despite being comprised of only mechanical systems. Automata creates art that reflects life in both form and movement. In order to create such pieces, artists use a wide range of skill sets to include, but not limited to, engineering, carving, woodworking, sewing, metalsmithing and much more. The artist captures the essence of movement in every piece.

About the Artist

Click to learn more about Cecilia Schiller.

Make Your Own Automata Bird!

Click here for your instructions. Click here for your pattern.

Supplies needed: 1 wire-hinged clothes pin Small drill bit to make very small holes in clothespin Cardstock paper or construction paper to copy wing pattern on. 3 large paperclips Small amount of white glue Printer to print wing pattern

Try making a mobile of your own. This mobile craft is comprised of paper hearts. Write on the hearts things you love and are thankful for about your home, family, and community. Share with us what you made at #LCGoesRemote 

Click to learn more about Anna Metcalfe

Make your own mobile sculpture of hearts!

About the Artist:

Judd Nelson grew up in Minnesota and loves being outdoors observing wildlife and the land where they live. He started welding in a high school art class at age 15; two years later he had his own set of welding tanks. At age 17 he was accepted into his first juried show at the Minnesota Sate Fair. He holds an art education degree from the University of Minnesota with a major emphasis on metal sculpture. He taught art on a Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and later in the public schools of Boise, Idaho. He still enjoys teaching and continues to teach metal workshops at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and for the Art Colony in Grand Marais. To learn more about Judd Nelson, and see his work, visit his website.

Make your own metal sculpture! Click on this link to learn how: Craft a Garden Lantern!

Materials: a tin can of any size; sand; a medium nail; hammer; design template (such as a leaf, as demonstrated, or other natural design); spray paint (your choice of color); candle

Photo: WikiHow

About the art form: Graffiti – or Street – Art

One of the most radical contemporary art movements, “graffiti art” (also called “Street Art“, “Spraycan Art“, “Subway Art” or “Aerosol Art“) commonly refers to decorative imagery applied by paint or other means usually to buildings, public transport or other property including traditional artistic surface such as canvas, wood panel and metal. The term essentially describes the post-1960s craze for decorating/defacing the urban environment through the use of aerosol spray paint and markers. – Encyclopedia of Fine Art

Express yourself! Make your own graffiti “street” art!

Younger children: Make a large sidewalk chalk drawing on your sidewalk or driveway. Use as many colors as you like. Can you make it convey a picture or message of positivity?

Older kids and Adults: Click on this website to get plenty of fun ideas about how you can use Graffiti Art to express yourself! Try one…try them all!