Created with red pine wood and metal hardware, Pete Driessen/Trestle Support Systems is a solo public art project at the Northern Pacific Rail Yard, Brainerd, Minnesota, presenting two monumental site specific installations, Trestle and Trestle Worker, reflecting upon the architectural spatiality of the former rail yard spaces, referencing empowerment of the past community worker, and utilizing ideas of affective stimuli, physical embodiment and rural vacancy. The duo installations were accompanied with sound art composed by intermedia artist Michael Masura Flora and a critical essay by art critic Sheila Dickinson. The exhibition ran October 25-November 4.
This project is generously sponsored or supported by Minnesota State Arts Board, The Soap Factory, NP Event Space, Northern Pacific Center, Driessen Water, TuckUnder Projects, Simpson StrongTie, Crow Wing County Historical Society & Museum, Prairie Bay, Roundhouse Brewery, Discount Post & Pole, Quality Forklift, Brainerd Community Education, Progressive Property Management, Insty Prints, Mailbox Etc., Music General, Nitro Square, and many individuals.
Pete Driessen is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the MN State Arts Board. This activity is funded in part by the MN State Legislature from the State’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the creative people of MN on November 4, 2008.
This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: ReThinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. ReThinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory and critical lens.
Special Thanks to:
Sound Artist: Michael Masaru Flora
Art Critic: Sheila Dickinson
Soap Factory Interns: Cole Norgaarden, Reid Oyen, Miranda Schwartz
Installation Crew: Kate Arford, Colin Marx, Cole Norgaarden, Reid Oyen,
Nina Martine Robinson
Soap Factory Staff: Joni Van Bockel, Kate Arford, Bill Mague
NP Event Center: Aimee Jobe
Northern Pacific Center: David & Paulette Hutton
Progressive Property Management: Rick Fargo
Trestle Empowerment Workshop: Heidi Jeub, Adam Cox
Numerous generous family, friends, helpers and volunteers