Kuulo

Submitted by Jim Hirschfield

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Client: MetroTransit

Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $120,000

Project Team

Artist

Jim Hirschfield

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii LLC

Artist

Sonya Ishii

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii LLC

Overview

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.

Goals

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.

Process

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