Make [Y]Our Mark


An original Artwork commissioned by and in the public art collection of the City of Vadnais Heights.

A collaborative art project that engaged an entire community in the creation of a community portrait.

This project worked to create a collective human experience that encourages participants to think beyond their  individual mindset. Members of the Vadnais Heights  community personalized 11,424 one-inch wood tiles that came together to create two 4 x 10 foot mosaic panels. Participants were invited to embellish their one-inch pixel with a similar colored paint, so that close-up you can see the individual contributions, but from a distance the individual details fade out as a larger image of the community emerges. The concept mirrors an  individual’s place in a community and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This mosaic documents a unique time in this community when so many people worked together for a common good. More info at

Photo: Sven Brandelius

Photo: Kristin Smith

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