Swiss Artist Transforms Mill City Museum into Light Art Sculpture on Oct. 6

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Release dated: 
September 28, 2018
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Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137,
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Swiss Artist Transforms Mill City Museum into Light Art Sculpture on Oct. 6

Swiss Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter has chosen Mill City Museum as Minnesota’s signature venue for his “Light Art Grand Tour USA.” Hofstetter says he works around the globe “transforming monuments and landscapes into light art sculptures for a short moment in time, as a way to highlight their history and importance to the world.” The art is also meant to showcase the friendship between the United States and his home country, Switzerland.

MCM beauty shot Hofstetter image of Swiss Alps
(Mill City Museum, left; Light Art on Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps, right. Image courtesy Gerry Hofstetter)

For his “Grand Tour USA,” Hofstetter is visiting all 50 states selecting one monument, landscape or venue in every state to bathe in light for one night. A mix of images will be chosen by the artist and will feature historical images of the mill.

Mill City Museum and the connecting Washburn-Crosby grain elevator will be lit on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 to 9 p.m.

The Light Art will be shown on the river side of the museum, and the public is encouraged to watch from the Minneapolis riverfront, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Main.

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About Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum, built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The museum features an 8-story Flour Tower ride, hands-on exhibits, and breathtaking views of the Minneapolis riverfront. The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in downtown Minneapolis. For more information, visit

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