Amanda Lovelee to Turn Gravel Pit into Flower Field

Alum Amanda Lovelee, who is leading the project

A vacant lot in downtown St. Paul that was once home to the Pedro Luggage company will soon be turned into an urban flower field. The project will be temporary, although the city hopes to raise enough money to eventually turn the property into a permanent park.

Amanda Lovelee ’10, MFA, is leading the beautification project, which calls for ninety-six plots of sunflowers and other annuals to be placed in a pinwheel pattern. In the center will be a circular brick patio that fits about fifty people.

“We’re hoping to host movies and concerts and really to create a gathering space out of a gravel pit," says Lovelee, who is currently an artist-in-residence at Public Art St. Paul.

The temporary installation is scheduled to last two years and will be open to the public on June 1.

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Published: May 29, 2014