MPR offers art you can look down on

Minnesota Public Radio has commissioned a temporary work of art designed to be enjoyed from above.

Artist JoJo was given a piece of open space as his canvas — a grassy triangle adjacent to MPR headquarters — on which to spray paint an image visible to people looking out their office windows.

MPR Photographer Jeffrey Thompson documented the creation with a well-placed camera, and now you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your computer screen.

Notice how many people come to the space over the course of the two-day installation to talk to the artist about his work. It’s a simple way of showing how a space, once unused, can become a hub for interaction once art is introduced into the landscape.

You can find out more about the piece –“See Things Differently” — and listen to an interview with the artist on your smartphone.


  • Joseph

    And none of them were tazed for the graffiti. Lucky they weren’t in Miami.


    That is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. IT’s about time more people recognize art and open spaces as viable to people and art. Great job MPR!!! Do more of this. Thank you!

  • Karl John Karlson

    The area was formerly the Harkin Bowling and Pool Hall and after the city’s deal with MPR- which was to turn it into an amphitheater- it became known locally and “the grassy knoll.”