On September 27, 2017, international public artist, designer and social innovator Nancy Ann Coyne debuted "Speaking of Home," a photographic public artwork transforming four of St. Paul’s famous skyways into an episodic narrative of immigrant experiences––questioning assumptions about what comprises “home.” The project marks the first time that the St. Paul skyway system will be sanctioned for a public artwork and was made possible by the close collaboration between the artist and fabricator, Archetype.
Nancy Ann Coyne is a designer, photographer and public artist. Her current work involves creating large-scale public artworks that expand the narrative qualities of documentary photography in the built environment. Coyne utilizes publicly accessible architecture and natural light to create performative, interactive environments that redefine the public realm, providing experiences that heighten consciousness of shared spaces and community, engaging audience members as participants. A former Fulbright scholar and fellow at Oxford University, her work has been exhibited internationally.
Speaking of Home was a public art project that sought to reimagine the use and experience of the Twin Cities skyway system—the most expansive in North America—beyond its function as a utilitarian above-ground pedestrian thoroughfare.
The first skyway public art project in the history of the Twin Cities, it was installed in the IDS-Macy’s skyway bridge, 20 ft. above one of Minneapolis’s key downtown arteries and in the heart of the city’s financial and commercial district.