The Art Shanty Projects — which turns fish houses into art installations and puts them out on a frozen lake in Minnesota in January and February — returns to Lake Harriet (Bde Unma) in 2022 with health and safety changes.
After COVID-19 halted the annual event in 2021, this year’s shanties will move the art outside the tiny buildings. There are also new climate change design requirements, like creating weight restrictions and movability features for easy lake evacuation if the temperatures rise and ice warms. In previous years, the shanties have had to be removed during the event due to melting ice.
The Art Shanty Projects began in 2004 and called Plymouth’s Medicine Lake home until 2012. In 2014, it relocated to White Bear Lake for a couple of years and then moved to Lake Harriet (Bde Unma).
“The array of selected shanties is so enticing,” said artistic director Erin Lavelle. “They’ve all interpreted the new guidelines very differently, and I won’t be surprised if this expands the definition of a ‘shanty’ for future seasons post-pandemic (if there is a post-pandemic).”
This year’s shanties feature an array of subjects and artists. Need to take your pandemic angst out? Go to Emma Wood’s outdoor rage “room,” (“Reduce, Reuse, Rage”), to smash some molded ice. Want your fortune read? Check out Adrienne Pabst’s and Nicole Simpkins’ larger-than-life fortune-telling kaleidoscope at “Institute for Perpetual Unfolding.”
There will be a translucent clock tower performance by way of the Winding Sheet Outfit at “The Tick Tock Shanty: the Shanty Where We Waste Time.”
On Saturday afternoons there’s yoga with Bridges Through Yoga’s Fro-gahhh: Yoga for the Planet and the People; on Sunday mornings Minneapolis Hoop Jams’ will have hoop activities.
To wrap up the Art Shanty Project, artist Patti Paulson and performers will put on “Fashion Disasters,” a show that touches on how climate change threatens humanity.
“Projects will be both intimate and bold,” Lavelle said, “offering opportunities to rock out and to reflect.” The Art Shanty Projects runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Jan. 15 through Feb. 6. For more info, visit artshantyprojects.org.