May 30: Mural will be dedicated at Workers Memorial Garden on State Capitol grounds

(By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor) A newly-installed mural at the Workers Memorial Garden located on the State Capitol grounds will be dedicated Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale will be among the featured speakers and the Twin Cities Labor Chorus will perform. Here is a link to more information including parking.

The Workers Memorial Garden originally was dedicated in August 2010 as a way to commemorate the lives lost by the people who built America, explained Dave Roe, president emeritus of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. For Roe, locating the Workers Memorial on the same grounds as memorials to military veterans was both important and symbolic.

The new colorful mural, installed on the south-facing wall of the memorial, depicts workers and working life in Minnesota.

The mural is the work of Twin Cities artist Craig David, who also created the murals on the exterior wall of Target Field in Minneapolis.

“It’s a cut stone mosaic,” he said. “Every piece is hand-cut. It’s basically a big puzzle.”

“The mural is narrative but it[s not an explicit narrative,” he continued. “My hope is that people will come to this wall and develop a relationship with it and find a story…”

“I’ve left the figure images a bit ambiguous,” David noted, “so that people can find themselves in it.”

“Everybody’s going to interpret it in a different way,” David said.

The Workers Memorial Garden is located on the southeast corner of the State Capitol mall, near the intersection of Cedar St. and 12th St. 

For more information, contact Brenda Waugh at 612-333-9773.