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The Rafter Sculpture Wall

Submitted by Patrick Pryor

Client: Mortenson Construction

Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $30,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

NIck Legeros

Blue Ribbon Bronze


Jodi Reeb

Jodi Reeb Artist Studio


Brent Webb

Mortenson Construction


Patrick Pryor

Patrick Pryor Art


Located in the lobby of The Rafter Apartments – a 26-story premier apartment building in the popular North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, The Rafter Sculpture Wall is made of one inch, 16 gauge square tubular steel finished with a black patina. Measuring 9.5’ high x 15’ long x 4″ deep, the artwork provides a unique, industrial-chic statement within the space.


The goals of the project were to provide an artistic element between the residential lobby and the commercial space that defined each space yet allowed lines of sight and light through the structure. Additionally, it was an opportunity to reinforce the overall project brand through use of the logo and materials and finishes that spoke to the nature of the neighborhood.


The collaboration process involved many partners: The building owners and managers, the construction managers, the architects, and the interior design group. After receiving input from each of these team members, my design and fabrication partner and I created the final design, fabricated the sculpture off-site, and installed the artwork prior to the building's grand opening.