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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato Ceramic Panel

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For more information about Joyce Kozloff's artwork at the Minnesota State University, Mankato library, you can also read Around the World on the 44th Parallel in the January 1996 issue of Library Resources Newsletter.

Mankato panel Photos D. W. Allan)
Mankato Ceramic Panel (Left Side)
(Left Side)
Mankato Ceramic Panel (Right Side)
(Right Side)
Detail of Mankato Ceramic Panel

The detailed map section of Mankato, Minnesota, allows local viewers to locate their own streets, "paved" with gold letters. Over 500 circles repeat the motif of two boys fishing before the circles dissolve into leaves at the panel's edge, which incorporates beadwork patterns of Woodland and Plains Indians. The one-inch squares on the Mankato map were cut from earthquake-damage tile lying in boxes at the Tile Guild, where the panels were produced.

In three sets of four panels each, Joyce Kozloff depicts cities located near the 44th parallel around the globe. Each four by seventeen-foot panel is composed of foot-square ceramic tiles applied to the wall surface with an adhesive. The project was commissioned through the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places, sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The work was created at the Tile Guild in Los Angeles and installed in Minnesota State University, Mankato's Memorial Library in June 1995.