Ecolab Donating Iconic Sculpture “Above, Above” to Public Art Saint Paul for Placement in Western Sculpture Park
Alexander Liberman sculpture has been centerpiece of Osborn Plaza at
Ecolab’s Corporate Center for nearly 45 years
ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ecolab Inc. has reached an agreement with Public Art Saint Paul, a
nonprofit that engages artists in shaping the form and experience of
public spaces in the city, to donate “Above, Above,” the iconic
Alexander Liberman sculpture that has been the centerpiece of the
outdoor Osborn Plaza at the former Ecolab Corporate Center in downtown
Saint Paul for nearly 45 years. Public Art Saint Paul and McGough
Construction will move the sculpture to Western Sculpture Park at 387
Marion Street in Saint Paul.
“We are pleased to work with Public Art Saint Paul to move the sculpture
to a more public space for all to enjoy,” said Kris Taylor, Ecolab vice
president of Community Relations. “We thank Public Art Saint Paul for
their partnership and McGough for their willingness to donate time and
resources to relocate the sculpture.”
“Above, Above” and the Osborn Plaza, the rooftop of the three-story
building adjoining the 22-story Ecolab Corporate Center, were dedicated
on Oct. 2, 1972. Ecolab is in the process of relocating to its new
global headquarters in downtown Saint Paul, and in April, reached an
agreement to sell the Ecolab Corporate Center at 370 Wabasha Street to a
development team led by PAK Properties.
“We’re thrilled to accept this generous gift from Ecolab of a major work
by Alexander Liberman,” said Colleen Sheehy, president and executive
director of Public Art Saint Paul. “Liberman is an important 20th-century
artist whose works are in many modern art museum collections and
Artist Alexander Liberman was born in 1912 in Kiev, Russia, and was
considered a revolutionary minimalist artist. He produced works
predating the movement by more than a decade. His fascination with
American industrialization and modernization resulted in his widely
known red steel sculptures and geometric paintings. His sculpture and
paintings are included in numerous museum collections, including the Art
Institute, Chicago; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of
American Art, New York; and the Tate Gallery, London. In addition, his
public sculpture can be seen in more than 40 cities around the world.
Liberman died in November of 1999 at the age of 87.
“We are fortunate to have strong relationships with both Ecolab and the
City of Saint Paul,” said John Pfeifer, McGough executive vice president
of construction services. “We saw a unique opportunity to honor both of
these relationships by teaming up with Ecolab to preserve Saint Paul’s
art resources and enhance its park system.”
“Above, Above” will join 16 other sculptures by local, national and
international artists at Western Sculpture Park, a city park where
Public Art Saint Paul has maintained a sculpture exhibition and offered
youth programs in collaboration with the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Department for nearly 20 years.
A dedication ceremony for “Above, Above” is planned for Noon on Tuesday,
July 25 at Western Sculpture Park.
About Public Art Saint Paul
Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary,
Public Art Saint Paul is a private nonprofit that engages artists in
shaping the form and experience of the public realm and civic life in
Minnesota’s capital city. Our mission is to place artists in leading
roles to shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic
engagement. We work in partnership with the City of Saint Paul on many
programs and projects, including City Artists, Western Sculpture Park,
our public sculpture stewardship program, and more. To learn more, visit publicartstpaul.org.
McGough is a premier commercial construction
and full-service real estate firm headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., with
branch offices in St. Cloud, Duluth and Rochester, Minnesota; Cedar
Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Fargo, North Dakota; and Phoenix, Arizona.
To learn more about McGough, visit www.mcgough.com.
A trusted partner at more than one million
customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene
and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital
resources. With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab
delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe
food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and
improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare,
energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries
around the world.
Roman Blahoski, 651-250-4385