Steven Lang - "Wall Friends - Lauderdale, Minnesota"

Steven Lang Hennepin Theatre Trust Billboard Project artwork

About the artwork

This photograph was taken in Lauderdale, Minnesota, where I live – technically a small town but located directly adjacent to both Minneapolis and Saint Paul. While out walking I happened upon these two older boys, young men really, who were enjoying the sunset and view of Minneapolis from atop a freeway wall. The stark contrast and silhouettes drew me in, but there seemed to be something timeless about the way the boys were looking in wonder at the horizon, as if trying to catch a glimpse of their own futures. I can only imagine what they might have been thinking at the time, but at this moment in history I believe we are all looking to the future, perhaps with some degree of trepidation, but also with gratitude and a sense of hope.

Meet the artist

Steven Lang
I am interested in states of limbo – buildings, houses, tracts of land, cars, trees, systems, and even people – that appear to be in stasis but are in fact showing signs of impending change. I also try to capture the human desire for this kind of limbo, which is often at odds with the equally human desire for change.

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