The Minneapolis Museum of Art has recently completed a series of large-scale, 360-degree photos, using light and shadow to depict the history of the city.
This week’s work, “The Art of St. Louis,” features images from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which has a large collection of old and vintage art, as well as the Minneapolis Public Library, the Minneapolis Botanical Garden, and many other local and national institutions.
The photographer, Matthew Miller, said he wanted to create a “living, breathing, moving image” of the Minneapolis Museum, which is known for its architectural detail photographs.
“It’s a very, very simple photo.
There’s not too much visual or spatial background, but you have a lot of light and a lot [of] shadow,” Miller told The Wall St. Journal.
“It’s about the space and the landscape.”
Miller said he chose a number of locations in the museum’s collection for the photographs.
For the airport, he selected a portion of the building’s entrance, which he said was “in the middle of a busy street.”
“You could really feel that a plane was coming in and it was a really powerful image,” he said.
“We’re not trying to make a political statement, but the symbolism is very powerful.
You can’t really do anything about the symbolism.”
Miller explained that the images were meant to help the viewer understand the importance of the museum.
“I think what the [institutional] image is about is that it’s about what you can achieve when you make a difference,” he told the newspaper.
“The building that we’re standing in is not really a big, grand, monumental structure, but it is symbolic.”