It Takes A Community

Automata by Cecilia Schiller

Interactive Display for Park Nicollet Shakopee Clinic

After meeting with staff at the clinic I created a design with the Minnesota River Valley theme in mind (the clinic is located close to the Minnesota River).  While taking a walk on the edge of the Minnesota River I saw and photographed many animals.  Later I wondered what it would be like if all of these animals used their special skills to work together and what would they make?  It Takes A Community answers that question.  They would make a club house, OF COURSE!

Look for details as the project unfolds on the In Progress page.

WATER IS LIFE! is now on Permanent Display

Interactive Sculpture by Cecilia Schiller

Water is Life at Maplewood Mall.

Cecilia Schiller, together with Willis Bowman, created Water is Life, an interactive, water driven, sculpture in the form of a tree that is meant to encourage the community to share in the responsibility of protecting water and keeping it clean.

The sculpture is activated by rainwater from the roof that drains into a turbine, rotates the branches and plays a melody on chimes inside the trunk.  Viewers can also make the sculpture move by turning a wheel on a crank box adjacent to it.

Schiller’s idea for the sculpture was developed over the course of a year by interacting with staff from the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District, volunteers and community members and exploring sites and waterways within the watershed.

Ultimately she chose the location at Maplewood Mall for its unique challenge to use rainwater in creative ways and the opportunity to reach a large and diverse audience while promoting ideas of innovative water stewardship and its benefits in a fun, inviting way. (See the process on the In Progress page.)

The creation of Water is Life was made possible by a grant from Forecast Public Art in 2013 with additional funds from the Jerome Foundation and funds from the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District.


See Cecilia on MN Original

Automata by Cecilia Schiller

Birdhouse at Landmark Center

Cecilia Schiller was featured on TPT’s program MN Original in early January 2013, a show that showcases Minnesota artists and their work.

The program was recorded in May in her studio and at the Landmark Center while Cecilia was finishing up work on her interactive sculpture Birdhouse.

Cecilia’s story and the full episode is posted on

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