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Trestle Support Systems Opening Reception

  • Northern Pacific Railroad Yard 1511 Northern Pacific Road Brainerd, MN 56401 (map)

The Soap Factory presents the Rethinking Public Spaces project, Trestle Support Systems, by Pete Driessen at the Northern Pacific Rail Yard site in Brainerd, MN. Created with red pine wood and metal hardware, Trestle Support Systems is a solo public art project presenting two monumental site specific installations, Trestle and Trestle Worker, reflecting 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 include two unique sound works composed by Michael Masura Flora. For more information on his work visit:

Opening Reception:
October 28th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Buses leave Soap Factory/MSP at 2pm
*Please Sign up to take bus in ticket link above

Northern Pacific Rail Yard Tours 4pm & 5 pm

After Party: Roundhouse Brewery 9-10 pm


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.

Earlier Event: October 21
Later Event: October 29
Trestle Support Systems Artist Talk