River Dragon, 2014

Stainless Steel, Western Avenue Station, part of the new Light Rail Transit in St. Paul, MN.

The Western Avenue station is at the heart of St. Paul’s Asian district whose population is primarily of Hmong and Vietnamese origins. The community was an active partner is the development of the concept for River Dragon which combines the symbolism of the River: (both the Mekong River and the Mississippi River) with that of the dragon as symbol in Asian culture of the life force, signifying good fortune. Dragons are “invested with powers of regeneration that permeate the natural world and renew the cosmic order. Through their influence, the seasonal cycles of the natural world are maintained…”

Listen to a podcast of Catherine on Minnesota Public Radio, talking about the project here: 


River Dragon, 2014 description | video
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