Carolyn Swiszcz was 25 and fresh out of MCAD when Mpls.St.Paul asked her to imagine what Loring Park would look like 25 space-age years later. And it turns out she was a good choice—the world she imagined is eerily similar to the 2022 we ended up in.
The acrylic-and-ink painting, which ran in our August 1997 issue, truly is a prophetic peek at Loring Park (and Minneapolis as a whole). A cartoonish semi marked “Lunds on-line grocery delivery” drives down the street. Park patrons read digital books, ride scooters, and walk hypoallergenic pets. And the nearby Loring Bar touts its place as the “last restaurant in the Twin Cities with an all-human waitstaff.” (OK, that one’s not quite true yet, but local restos like Sawatdee are experimenting with robotic servers.) And while we’re not exactly flying in transit blimps or playing “jet ball” yet, the painting is oracular enough that,