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Art shanties return to the tundra

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Art shanties return to the tundra

You’ve heard of art cars… but what about art shanties? These are ice fishing huts converted into habitable works of art. Now in its third year, the Twin Cities’ Art Shanty Projects returns to frozen Medicine Lake for another round of awesome huts.

Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.

The project provides a unique opportunity for artists to interact with their audience, and vice versa, in an un-intimidating, non-gallery like environment. Artists can choose to work in a way that directly engages the audience i.e. knitting or singing Karaoke or in a more passive way.

All sorts of activities will take place on the lake, such as theater, concerts, a bike race, a circuit-bending demonstration, and a workshop where visitors can make wind-powered toys.

The exhibit opens January 16th and lasts four weeks.

4 thoughts on “Art shanties return to the tundra

  1. Robin Debreuil says:

    Technically the Twin Cities are about 1000 miles south of the tundra. Not that it isn’t cold in these parts, but…

  2. Gary says:

    The City of Aitkin, Minnesota has a fish house parade the day after Thanksgiving. There is always a good variety of unusual fish houses in the parade!

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