Reflections of Minneapolis

“All that you are seeking is also seeking you. If you sit still, it will find you. It has been waiting for you a long time.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: I’ve left her behind time and again, but I always return. Whenever I’m away too long, I miss the city dearly. Recently, I heeded Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s advice and hopped aboard an airplane and sat very still. Within two hours I was magically transported back to the land of my birth. The City of Lakes awaited me with open arms and glorious weather. I snapped hundreds of photos, a few of which I’d like to share with you.

Spoon and Cherry sculpture
Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg’s iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Just getting you warmed up . . .

Foshay at Night
The Foshay Tower at night.

The W Hotel
The Foshay Tower certainly is picturesque. Here it is again during the day.

Loring Greenway
A scene along the Loring Greenway.

The Lowry
Functional art on the patio of the Lowry Cafe in Uptown.

IDS as viewed Nicollet Mall
The IDS Tower as viewed from Nicollet Mall.

Food trucks in front of the IDS
A food truck in front of the IDS Tower on a weekday afternoon.

The Foshay at dusk
Alas, I found myself outside the Foshay Tower again, this time at dusk. It’s hard to stay away.

Partial skyline view
This partial shot of the Minneapolis skyline was captured from the passenger seat of a rental car while paused at an intersection.

ING building and downtown skyline
Here is an amazing scene I had the good fortune to witness from a friend’s 21st-floor balcony.

Viewing Claes Oldenburg's Vacuum Cleaner sculpture
What sculpture–comprised of aluminum, vinyl, plastic, rubber, lightbulb, and cord and completed between 1964 and 1971–literally sucks? Why, it’s Claes Oldenburg’s “Vacuum Cleaner,” currently on display at the Walker Art Center. (Photo credit: Jeff Lovrencevic)

Waseca dock
A breathtaking Minnesota sunset over one of the state’s many lakes. (This image was captured in Waseca, which is about 90 miles outside the city.)

1007 Kenwood Pkwy
Back in Minneapolis again, here is some flare photography for good measure. Featured is the former home of my parents-in-law.

Creepy chandelier
No trip to Minneapolis would be complete without a visit to the award-winning Hell’s Kitchen. Here is a chandelier you’ll find on your way down to the dungeon . . . ahem, restaurant.

River valley
After ten days, it was time to leave. With a heavy heart, I departed once again, capturing a magnificent view of the Minnesota River Valley from an airplane headed back east.


8 responses to “Reflections of Minneapolis”

  1. It was so wonderful to see you again. These images are beautiful! Such an eye for beauty often missed or overlooked.

  2. Thank you, Katy! I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to return for a spell.

  3. such gorgeous photographs of my favorite city 🙂 come back soon!

    1. It’s my favorite, as well. 🙂 I’ll be back!

  4. Where is the Loring Greenway again? Was that kind of by Lake Calhoun? Wow, it truly is amazing how you can forget about certain spots until you go back to visit! Thanks for the memories. You look very beautiful next to the vacuum cleaner…your hair looks so healthy and luscious! 🙂

    1. Hi Ilona, the Loring Greenway connects Nicollet Mall to Loring Park. It’s a cute little pedestrian walkway tucked snugly out of sight. And thanks for the compliment. I had a good hair week while I was back home — haha.

  5. Fantastic photos, Gina. I hadn’t realized so much incredible art was readily available (both museum-and-public art) in Minneapolis, but your essay pulls it all together so nicely. And I love the Claes Oldenburg “Vacuum” piece too! Funny how his work is represented not only at the Walker – but here in Philly too w/ his iconic “Clothespin” sculpture at 15th and Market. I really want to add how much I’m enjoying your nighttime cityscape photos here – really shows how much of a vibrant (and built-up!) city Minneapolis really is!

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Patricia! Minneapolis is a lovely city with a hopping arts scene. To ensure a pleasant trip, travelers are advised to visit between April 15th and October 15th, thus avoiding the harsh weather for which the city sometimes gets its reputation. I didn’t realize the “Clothespin” sculpture near City Hall was Oldenburg’s, as well — how cool! Philly certainly has its share of public art; I’m delighted to be here. As an aside, I finally made it to First Fridays yesterday. Loved it!

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