Minneapolis, Minnesota: Giant Molecule

It's the BMOC (Big Molecule on Campus). A huge, colorful molecule -- a non-specific artistic interpretation by sculptor Amy Toscani -- forms an arch over the entrance walk to the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building of the University of Minnesota.

Address:
420 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN
Directions:
On the south side of Washington Ave. SE (pedestrian only) on the campus of the University of Minnesota campus, in front of the Molecular and Cellular Biology building. About a quarter mile east of the bridge across the river, and just east of SE Church St. Park off-campus and walk to it.
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Giant Molecule

Just as bright and shiny as ever! Took us about 45 minutes to find after finally looking up the specific building it's in front of on a campus map. You have to park and walk to it, as it's on a walking-only road on campus.

[Olivia L., 01/11/2019]

Molecule sculpture.

Giant Molecules

On the campus of the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, there is a large molecule structure outside of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Building on Washington Avenue, a main thoroughfare through campus. Created by sculptor Amy Toscani, installed in 2008, the 32-foot-high, 10,000-pound atoms are arranged in an arch over the sidewalk.

[BS Meyer, 03/03/2013]

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