One of my pet projects involves unexpected photos of the IDS Tower in Minneapolis. The iconic skyscraper was constructed in 1974 during the golden age of disco. This photo is a time capsule, an ode to an architectural superstar and the “collective ecstasy” of the seventies.
With water rushing, dripping, and cascading from all directions, the fountain in Peavey Plaza is a favorite. Torrents tumble over ledges and surge down staircases with all the roar and mist of a mighty waterfall.
There is something vaguely surreal about this scene. As if the man in the bowler hat parked his bicycle and went off in search of a green apple á la Rene Magritte.
Through this transparent collage, the viewer gazes across fields of wheat like a sweep of tea-stained time. Crumbling limestone fortified by glass and steel, Mill City Museum embodies the space between then and now. In this place: the birth of a city, the rise and fall of industry, fortunes made, lives lost. A trace of flour in these stones. Daily bread. Time passes, the river flows, the wheat bends in the breeze.
BETWEEN NOW AND THEN, MINNESOTA 2003 JoAnn Verburg, St. Paul, Minnesota
14’ x 25’ collage made of glass, photographs, steel and cement
Another day, another fountain, another security guard telling me it’s against corporate policy to allow photographs. “Too bad,” I sighed, “It’s a really cool fountain.” Luckily, I already had a few frames. It really is a cool fountain.
American Express Client Services Building, 901 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN