Nicollet mural project to start Thursday

Artists from throughout the nation will work with hundreds of local volunteers during the next four days to turn a stretch of south Nicollet Avenue into a mural Mecca.

Ten murals will be painted on eight sites from July 24-27 during the Walldogs on Nicollet project, put on by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) and Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA).

The project is meant to re-brand the area as “Art Street,” much like Nicollet to the north is referred to as “Eat Street” for its restaurants. The project is also designed to prevent graffiti in areas that have been plagued with it.

The pre-designed murals will recall Minneapolis history, acting as windows to the past. One celebrates explorer and cartographer Joseph Nicollet, for whom Nicollet Avenue is named. Others celebrate Minneapolis landmarks of the past such as the Nicollet Baseball Park, which used to be at 3048 Nicollet.

Renderings of each mural can be viewed on a special section of the LNA website, dedicated to the Walldogs project. The site also includes a complete schedule of neighborhood block parties and other events planned during the next four days. A gallery of mural progress will be posted on the site every night through Sunday.

The mural sites are:

– Twin City Tatto, 3131 Nicollet Ave.
– Gray’s Leather, 3401 Nicollet Ave.
– J’s Furniture, 3500 Nicollet Ave.
– Lyndale Neighborhood Association, 3537 Nicollet Ave.
– Salvation Army, 3740 Nicollet Ave.
– TNT Barbershop, 3803 Nicollet Ave.
– Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave.
– Ungerman Construction, 4450 Nicollet Ave.