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Trestle Support Systems Artist Talk

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

Dialogue between artist, Pete Driessen, sound artist, Michael Flora and art critic and curator, Shiela Dickinson about Rethinking Public Spaces Project, 'Trestle Support Systems.'

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:

Artist Talk
October 29th, Artist Dialogue and Tour with the artist, Pete Driessen; art critic and curator, Sheila Dickinson; and sound artist, Michael Masura Flora at 1 pm.

Gallery hours
Wednesday, October 25th – Saturday, November 4th – 11am-6pm and By Appointment. Closed Monday, October 30th. For appointments please email

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.