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We provided a sneak peek of Alex Kuno’s Minnesota Summer Jackpot last week. Kuno’s completed artwork that is composed of scratch tickets was revealed at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival this weekend—and what a transformation!
Event-goers were able to register for the chance to win Kuno’s masterpiece (the winner will be announced later this week).
Thanks to everyone who came out and visited us at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. Despite the rainy and stormy weather, we still had a fabulous time and we hope you did, too.
St. Paul artist proves Lottery tickets aren't just for scratching
When you think of Lottery scratch tickets, what comes to mind? Winning? Alex Kuno looked at lottery tickets and saw artistic possibilities.
The Minnesota Lottery and City Pages searched for an artist to create an iconic outdoor summer scene made entirely out of recycled lottery tickets. It was Kuno, whose vision stood out among all the entries. Kuno’s Minnesota Summer Jackpot will be on display at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis on June 14 and 15.
Kuno says the piece that he is creating for the Stone Arch Bridge Festival is an extension of a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures that he’s been working on for over 10 years. “It’s this dark, satirical fairy tale series,” he explained, which he calls the Miscreants of Tiny Town. “Since a lot of my work is out of hand carved wooden panels, I thought I would make the actual state of Minnesota with this sort of fairytale landscape.”
Kuno said he had to research Minnesota’s topography so he could accurately depict Minnesota’s landscape with the lottery tickets. Even though Kuno is only about half way done, it’s amazing how he’s transformed the scratch tickets to reflect Minnesota. Kuno carved out rivers and lakes, and built in hills. “The colors of the lottery tickets sort of give the impression of a 3-D satellite weather map,” he explained.
Working with scratch tickets was a first for Kuno. “It was actually fun,” he said. “I enjoyed being able to come up with new solutions with the different colors and patterns.” The challenging part for Kuno was carving through the layers of latex that’s on the scratch tickets.
Kuno has not only shown his artwork around the Twin Cities area, but in other big cities such as New York, Seattle and Los Angeles. This will be his first time displaying a piece of art at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.
Stop by the Lottery’s booth, located on Main Street near the St. Anthony Main movie theater and the City Pages Stage for the chance to meet Kuno and see his finished product. You’ll be able to enter to win Minnesota Summer Jackpot and $250 in scratch tickets. We’ll also be giving away lots of other prizes, including All or Nothing™ single-use coupons and a Jawbone Jambox wireless speaker—just to name a few.
The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is held June 14 and 15 in Northeast Minneapolis with a kick off concert on Friday, June 13. The free festival features art from 250 artists across the county and includes a variety of music, food and family fun along the scenic riverfront. For more information, visit the Stone Arch Bridge Festival website.