The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks - The Wheel - CODAworx

The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks – The Wheel

Client: The North Dakota Museum of Art - Laurel Reuter, director

Location: Grand Forks, ND, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $20,000

Project Team


Michael Boyd


Tany Kukucka


The WHEEL marks the entrance to the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. It sits on a large stone in a garden and measures 44″ x 52″ x 5″. The structure is treated wood and the surface is covered with my ceramic tile. While damp, I press powdered pigment into the tiles. After firing, they are treated with acrylic to withstand the elements and then are attached with silicone.. Flashing covers the 10″ inside of the wheel as well as the circumference.


The wheel, iconic and universal, is the most important element of the garden.


After finding the appropriate stone, I work with my fabricator to create the structure.
Then, with my assistant, we make, color, and fire the tiles that fit the circle. A steel rod is drilled into the stone and then fits into the WHEEL