June 26th, 2008

New Tilley Hat

Hidden Minneapolis: Murals in an alley

Mural off Lake St. in Minneapolis
Mural off Lake Street in Minneapolis

Mural off Lake St. in Minneapolis
Mural off Lake Street in Minneapolis, across the alley

Just east of I-35W on Lake, roughly across the street from the McDonald's, is a building with offices and a series of bodega-style shops taken over by the Hispanic population. Not very far away (on the same block) is an Islamic prayer center, and I'm assuming that people from the Middle East own (or owned) the building, which goes over the alley. Dueling demographics coexist!

A wide alley leads from Lake to a parking lot. The back has entrances to both sides of the building, so even people who drive don't necessarily get a good view of these wall paintings. The top picture is facing east on the alley. Behind the wall is a decent Mexican restaurant. The bottom picture is facing west. Both murals decorate the whole wall.
New Tilley Hat

Minicon 43 Gallery up

Minicon 43 Gallery is up in raw form and as usual LJ gets first crack at it.

I'M NOT FINISHED, but at least the first pass at annotating the thumbnails is done, so you can see all the pictures and get an idea of what it will look like. As always, corrections and emendations are welcome. There will be more annotations in the pages containing the larger pictures, but I'm not there yet.

These are slightly higher res pictures than I had been doing, so dial-up accounts may take a bit longer especially on the thumbs page. If you want a high res image, let me know. sevenmpls was wondering about such.

Etc. etc. etc. You know the drill. I hope to have it completed by Convergence; sooner is better.