BUILDING PROJECTION: Arrivals & Departures


Todd combined his love of poetry, filmmaking, community engagement, and public art with this 2014 installation, "Arrivals and Departures at St. Paul's Union Depot," a block-wide 3D mapped projection onto a historic downtown St. Paul building hung with nine giant 40' screens.


The spectacle featured a looped program of locally-sourced poetry films themed to celebrate a newly-renovated depot on the move, screened for thousands of onlookers on two evenings during the St. Paul Art Crawl.

A collaboration between Pixel Farm Creative and Todd's film company Motionpoems, and funded by the Lowertown Future Fund and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, "Arrivals and Departures at St. Paul's Union Depot" was named a "top literary moment" of 2014 by local arts weekly City Pages. It was Todd's first building projection.



Seeing those films come together from local talents was almost as exciting as roping those giant screens to the Depot's pillars from the bucket of a lift-jack! I think this project appealed to me primarily because it tested so many physical limitations and allowed me and other artists to think big. I'm grateful to the City of St. Paul and the folks at Union Depot for trusting me with this concept.


Todd is grateful to the following for support of his work: Forecast Public Art, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council of/and The Minnesota State Arts Board, The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Warhol Foundation, as well as individual commissions and supporters on Patreon

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