12.16.19. Hook & Ladder Apartments, located in the Holland neighborhood, commissioned works by Northeast Minneapolis artists to be installed throughout the community.
One of five selected works is James Brenner’s sculpture, Passages, a series of five twelve-foot steel hoops that pedestrians progress through as they walk from the street to the central courtyard.
“It’s about that experience of passage… from one place to another, through a series of markers,” said Brenner.
Passages was created using repurposed steel rings from the nearby Surly Brewery. The installation fits Hook & Ladder Apartments well, since one of the development’s buildings meets Passive Home certification standards.
The details of the piece are what became really exciting to Brenner. Each hoop includes glass windows, which create different effects at day and at night.
During the day, “you have more of the presence of the steel and the windows interacting with the sun,” Brenner explained.
At night, the hoops are outlined in blue. At that point, the sculpture becomes “a lot about how that light interacts with the glass and describes the forms in their circular nature,” said Brenner.
Through upcycling, Brenner crafted a sculpture that is as sustainable as the community where it was installed. Through creative ingenuity, he built artwork that serves as an inspiration to and reflection of the dynamic lives of Hook & Ladder’s residents.