String Survey: Northern Spark 2017

From downtown Minneapolis to Lowertown Saint Paul, the 7th annual Northern Spark all-night arts festival took place from dusk on June 10th to dawn on June 11th. The event engaged more than 45,000 attendees in all forms of public art, all tied to the theme “Climate Chaos: People Rising.”

Background Stories collaborated with artists Jack Becker and Randy Walker to create “String Survey,” a 50-foot data visualization of festival participants’ thoughts and opinions on climate change. 570 participants engaged directly with “String Survey,” with thousands more participating in the overall installation. “String Survey” showed that while people feel a strong need to act on climate, they see their individual role in addressing the challenge to be less apparent.

“String Survey” was presented and supported by Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)’s Master’s in Sustainable Design Program and the MCAD Gallery.