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Mall of America
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1 - The capital of the United
States, the hideous haven of hedonism, the mecca of money, hosting daily
orgies of consumerism, the destination for millions of sad souls on a sick
sort of pilgrimage -- ladies and gentlemen, a picture of what is wrong
with humanity: the Mall of America.
2 - Dante thought hell had
over a dozen tiers. This picture insists it is four ...
3 - ... this one, three.
4,5 - If naming an indoor
amusment park "Camp Snoopy" is the noblest tribute you can muster for Minnesota
native and Peanuts genius Charles Schulz, you need a new Noble Tributes
6,7 - No childhood is complete
without Legos kneading one's imagination.
8,9 - Sure, the Rainforest
Cafe, which donates proceeds to rainforest preservation, also exploits
environmental resources just like every other restaurant mall (though none
more ironically). Still, what are YOU doing to safe the rainforest?
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10,11 - Ten years before
ground broke on the Western Hemisphere's answer to the Pyramids, the location
hosted Metropolitan Stadium, home of the Twins and Vikings. Now only home
plate remains - right in the middle of Camp Snoopy.
12 - Over five hundred feet
away, a red stadium chair mounted on the wall (just left of the center
evergreen in the picture) marks the landing spot of Harmon Kilbrew's record-setting
home run in the old stadium.
1,2 - Downtown Minneapolis,
whose modern flair is incongruous in the slow, treelined state. Minneapolis,
with its malls, convention centers, and sports teams, is the flamboyant,
rebellious free spirit of the Twin Cities. St. Paul is the wiser, more
responsible, traditional mainstay.
3 - Metrodome, which in 1992
hosted the Final Four, Stanley Cup Finals, and World Series. Today it hosts
the Triple A Twins, and the Vikings.
4 - On a bus tour of Kevin
Garnett's neighborhood, getting a glimpse from the window of the Target
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