Kuulo - CODAworx

Client: MetroTransit

Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $120,000

Project Team


Jim Hirschfield

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii LLC


Sonya Ishii

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii LLC


KUULO is the Somali word for beads, and beads cut across cultural differences. Due to the large Somali populations in the Cedar-Riverside area, African beads became an inspiration for our designs that allude to the multiculturalism of the neighborhood.


The Cedar-Riverside community was a large Somali community and the artists wanted to create a work that related to the community. The totems were also designed to provide the community with way finders to the transit station.


The artists met frequently with members of the unique Somali community to discuss their ideas and keep an open dialogue.