DIALOGUE

Submitted by Barbara Grygutis

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Client: University of Minnesosta

Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States

Artwork budget: $350,000

Project Team

Artist

Barbara Grygutis

Barbara Grygutis Sculpture LLC

Commissioner

University of Minnesota

Fabricator

Industrial Stainless International

Overview

The University of Minnesota’s new iconic, illuminated aluminum sculpture “Dialogue” is located in front of the campus’ Health Sciences Learning Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The two sculptures which comprise the work are approximately 20 feet high, 15 feet wide, and 2 feet deep each. They are composed in aluminum with integrated lighting. The work was installed in 2020.

Goals

Located at the University of Minnesota’s new Health Sciences Learning Center is designed to emphasize and highlight an important human interaction feature necessary for public health - the ability to listen - and the ability to create dialogue. Dialogue transcends our differences to find common ground.

Process

DIALOGUE is composed with two monumental sculptures with integrated lighting. The shape of each sculpture is a generalized, generic human head and does not convey gender or race— it is simply human. Each sculptural head is rendered in a different manner. One is more transparent, while the other less transparent, but more complex in its system of transparency.

Additional Information

"Dialogue" was commissioned by the University of Minnesota.