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Mini-Golf as Public Art (and Course Credit) at the University of Minnesota, Part II

For this year’s Artist-Designed Mini Golf course we invited the University of Minnesota Art Department to design and build two of the holes. The course, led by professor Chris Larson, was tasked with developing several designs to present to a panel of Walker curators.  The class was asked to document their process leading up to the opening […]

For this year’s Artist-Designed Mini Golf course we invited the University of Minnesota Art Department to design and build two of the holes. The course, led by professor Chris Larson, was tasked with developing several designs to present to a panel of Walker curators.  The class was asked to document their process leading up to the opening of the course. Here is the second entry in their mini-golf journal.

Thursday, Feb 28

Angles, cuts, materials, lengths, widths…things are underway!

We split into groups to figure out more dimensions and what materials are needed to manifest our ideas. We also figured out what was necessary and placed our orders.

Come Tuesday, we will actually get to build what we’ve planned!

Tuesday, March 5

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

Outdated songs aside, the process of creating our vision is still underway. Materials had to be postponed due to the harsh snowfall that came down on our dear city of Minneapolis. Despite the horrid weather conditions, our group took the time to flesh out what we needed to make, and double-checked that our calculations were flawless.

We scaled images for the Mega golf interior. Cutouts were created on a large sheet to help get a better perspective of what it would take to make them. In addition, every view of the Walker was printed off at once. Many shots were taken of the Walker campus to get the proportions of what we need, and to make the mini Walker as exact as possible.

Thursday, March 7th

Our materials have come in! We are excited to finally get to work.

But first we have to move EVERYTHING….

As a unified collective, we moved large palettes of wood and tried to find space to hold our materials. We moved things over and over and over and over… you get the drift. We even had Jordan and Elena, two of our members, shovel out the courtyard to make more room for everything. Once we found our nesting spot for our wood, we got to work.

We took the 2×6 pieces and quickly got to work on the Ames Room. Joints for the walls and floor of the Ames Room were underway. Angles were being cut and set up to join pieces together. It was a MEGA team effort.

Rebecca looked up turf ideas for the floor installation of both courses. She suggested the idea of getting a large amount of turf and then painting different colored squares to create the square turf look.

To be even MORE productive, in case members were not able to show up to our class, we decided to create a list of materials we might need to get and small tasks that we need to tackle. There is even a nifty countdown calendar with goal dates made. We are mini golf machines!

And we set up a twitter account.  Join the Mega golf twitterverse! @gophergolfgurus.

More to come next week.