Saint Paul Cultural Garden
Artist Name: Cliff Garten, Ta-coumba Aiken, Armando Gutierrez and Xiaowei Ma. Roberta Hill-Whitman, Soyini Guyton
Media: Different types of cut stone slabs and boulders with inscribed designs and poetry, in the midst of grass and trees on the edge of the Mississippi River. On tile mound shape with steel letters in stone.
Date Created: 1/1/1993
Location: Kellogg Mall Park
History: Started in 1991 and finished in 1993, this sculpture celebrates the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of Saint Paul. Ten artists working under the supervision of Cliff Garten collaborated to create this piece. Using both form and poetry, the Saint Paul Cultural Garden illustrates the tales of the immigrants, both past and present, who have created this city on the Mississippi. Through it, people from Africa, Central America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Japan share their voices.
Garten received his Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where, among other places, he also worked as a visiting critic.