MinnPost sparked creativity at Northern Spark 2014

MinnPost was at Northern Spark…were you? Even with thunderstorms all around, hundreds of all-night adventurers visited MinnPost’s exhibit, Lacu, at Northrop Auditorium over the weekend. For our first foray into the art world, the MinnPost Data Team whipped up a visual representation of all 13,000+ lakes in Minnesota from smallest (Clevise Lake in the Arrowhead Region) to largest (the aptly-named Lake Superior), which was projected onto a wall inside Northrop Auditorium. Lacu was made possible by a grant from the Institute for Advances Studies and Northrop Auditorium.

In an activity Hermann Rorschach surely would have been proud of, we encouraged our visitors to transform some of interestingly-shaped lakes into creatures, people, or anything else they wanted. Below are some of our favorites.

Check out the online demo of Lacu.  Be warned that it requires a modern computer, a large screen, and a good internet connection.

MinnPost interactive developer Alan Palazzolo launches the Lacu presentation.
MinnPost photo by Tom Nehil
MinnPost interactive developer Alan Palazzolo launches the Lacu presentation.

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

Spark attendees gathered at the MinnPost table
MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson
Spark attendees gathered at the MinnPost table to take outlines of some of the lakes and transform them, using crayons, into dragons, aliens, teapots and more.

MinnPost photo by Kaeti Hinck

MinnPost photos by Kaeti Hinck

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

MinnPost photos by Kaeti Hinck a

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

MinnPost photo by Kaeti Hinck
MinnPost photo by Kaeti Hinck
MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson
MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

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