Target Field Plaza

Designers: Oslund and Associates, Ned Kahn | City: Minneapolis, MN | Project Type: urban art, sculpture, ball park, urban plaza, plaza
Date Visited: 10.13.12

Location: 351-413 5th Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55401
Size: 2.2 acres
Official Opening Date: 2010

The recipient of the 2011 MNASLA Design Honor Award, Target Field Plaza–designed by Oslund and Associates’–is the grand entry plaza to the new Minnesota Twins’ downtown ballpark: Target Field.

Target Plaza Site Plan. Image Credit: minnesota.twins.mlb.com

Built on 2.2 acres of bridge deck that span the I-394 corridor–the gateway to the new ballpark–, Target Field has created a memorable gathering place with its unique site features. Statues of former ball players surround the space and nine, custom-designed 40-foot tall vertical green wall frames and integrated benches line the east-west axis of the plaza.

One of my favorite features of the site sits on the backdrop of the south side of Target Field: a unique kinetic wind sculpture. The Wind Veil, designed by artist Ned Kahn, measures approximately 285 feet wide and 60 feet high and is made up of 51,000 aluminum panel pieces. At night the Wind Veil is backlit from below with LED lights to create an ever-changing play of light and color. When the wind blows across the pieces–each about the size of a baseball card–the wind makes ripples in the wall, bringing it to life.

What makes the space successful in my eyes, is that though the objective programming was likely to accommodate large crowds, the space can still look inviting on quieter days. I even saw a few office workers eating lunch here on their breaks–it’s great to know that the plaza’s can serve multiple purposes.

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