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Hand-in-hand Rockman, a sculpture by Tom Otterness outside the Federal courthouse in Minneapolis | by Lorie Shaull
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Hand-in-hand Rockman, a sculpture by Tom Otterness outside the Federal courthouse in Minneapolis

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A little historical info: The 50,000-square-foot Courthouse plaza is designed by Martha Schwartz & features grass mounds planted with Jack Pines, suggesting the glacial drumlins that were common to Minnesota during the Ice Age.

 

Artistically intriguing, the mounds are designed as security features for the courthouse. The courthouse opened a year after the Oklahoma City bombing and new GSA security requirements dictated that federal courthouses could not contain wide-open spaces. The plaza, therefore, needed to be filled with raised elements.

 

The whimsical bronze Rockman sculptures by Tom Otterness are an additional artistic touch and are part of GSA's Art in Architecture program.

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Uploaded on April 29, 2017