Iconic Clocks Around the Twin Cities

Lynn Imbier

Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock

S. 11th St. and Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Created in the late nineteen sixties by New York sculptor Jack Nelson for Lawrence Halprin’s Nicollet Mall style, this playful kinetic sculpture was a local landmark for a long time, featuring prominently in the history of WCCO weather reviews. Following it experienced been inoperable for a long time, a staff of artwork conservators was capable to locate Nelson’s authentic options and blueprints from his widow, and they restored the clock in 2017. It stands outside Orchestra Corridor, completely purposeful when once more.

Spruce Tree Centre

1600 College Ave. W., St. Paul

This mighty eco-friendly authentic-daily life Minecraft behemoth is alternately the pride and/or disgrace of the Halfway. Fittingly for an intersection extensive reputed to be the busiest in the point out, Snelling and College, the clock tower may possibly be a single of the most gazed upon in city.

Freeway Ford

9700 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington

A longtime beacon to I-35W motorists caught in traffic, this digital clock served for lots of a long time as the emblem of Freeway Ford and, by proxy, as a symbol of the postwar Information Age suburban commuter lifestyle.

Church of Saint Agnes

535 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul

St. Paul author Bill Lindeke has likened the faces of the Roman-numeraled clocks on the Church of Saint Agnes’s Zwiebelturm to an Indiglo enjoy. The patinaed eco-friendly copper faces do have that phosphorescent top quality, significantly at night time, when they are illuminated.


North Hennepin Group Faculty, Brooklyn Park

Emblazoned with names of the potato types that had been when the pride of Brooklyn Park’s early 20th-century farmers, this 60-foot-higher bronze-and-steel bell tower retains time with chimes on the quarter hour. The Twin Cities’ colleges have some fantastic timepieces, but none other capabilities a golden potato on the best.

Business Clock

990 Payne Ave., St. Paul

In the earlier century, the brick setting up at 990 Payne Avenue has been dwelling to pharmacies, dwelling furnishing warehouses, components retailers, and most lately, the Plaza del Sol. The clock and thermometer hanging on the front, at the corner of Payne and Jenks, is a single of the very best examples you’ll obtain in city of the sort of commercial clocks that when dotted the urban landscape.

Bloomington Equatorial Sundial

Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Previous Shakopee Rd., Bloomington

Constructed by Erickson Monuments of Colorado, the granite sundial sitting atop the city reservoir offers you the time of working day on its experience in the spring and summer months and on the reverse through the colder, darker months, all with useful charts and graphics hewn in stone.

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