Giant Farmer of Plain

Giant Farmer of Plain

The Giant Farmer of Plain is a public art project, initiated by the WormFarm Institute, as an artist-in-residence component of their 2022 Farm Art DTour, a 50-mile-loop of art-on-the-landscape with each of the 12 installations and/or performances investigating our relationship with the land and those who live upon it. In this project, Christopher Lutter-Gardella was…

Crane Call

Crane Call

Crane Call Suspended Crane sculpturesScience Museum of MN-main entry lobby Cranes are revered around the world. They are symbols of peace, longevity and youth. In Ojibwe culture, the crane represents chieftainship and members of the crane clan are regarded as leaders and orators. Around the world cranes are considered to have descended from the Heavens, and the…

Luminous Yeti

Luminous Yeti

2019Holidazzle, Minneapolis The Yeti was produced for Minneapolis’s famed month-long holiday event and bazaar Holidazzle, as a reminder of our proto-human origins, as well as an anti-dote to the materialistic ravages of Santa Claus. Yeti looms within the Yuletide as a reminder that selfish, greedy children are destined to be devoured by a monster of…

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

2019Mall of America, Bloomington, MN Ah! The Wonder That is the Butterfly! Gentleness. Beauty. Fragility. We admire butterflies for these qualities, hardly understanding that we depend upon them for our very existence. We may love them for their beauty and grace — and perhaps even for their tenacity and bravery, in spite of their fragility…

Wolf and Moose

Wolf and Moose

2016City of Minneapolis/ Northern LightsMinneapolis Creative City Challenge Winner Wolf and Moose, originally commissioned by the City one Minneapolis, are interactive, animated and illuminated sculptures of a wolf and a moose. Like giant mechanical toys, interior animations can be activated by participants pedaling a stationary bike mounted under each of the figures, rotating an Earth…

Big Boots

Big Boots

October 2011-12Fermentation FestWormFarm Institute, Reedsburg, WI Sculptural installation/puppet of spectacle-scale work-boots, as a part of a tour of art-on-the landscape. In collaboration with community volunteers. Work was featured on NEA website and in Public Art Review. Reboot October, 2015Fermentation FestWormFarm Institute, Reedsburg, WI Spectacle-scale kinetic boot sculpture, which can moon-walk across a field.

Spider · Public Art St. Paul

Spider · Public Art St. Paul

2009Public Art Saint PaulPASPider: A mobile community-arts lab/ colossal marionette In 2009, Christopher Lutter-Gardella was commissioned by Public Art Saint Paul to design and construct an artistic community-arts tent facility, which eventually evolved, through the design process, into a mobile community-arts lab/ colossal spider marionette/ event tent. In this project, Christopher and three fabricators transformed…