Pete Driessen

2019 Mid-Career Project Grantee | $10,000

Northern Pacific Roundhouse Sculpture

Driessen will create an abstract, monumental and participatory Roundhouse sculpture echoing the former 1875 rail architecture at the historic Northern Pacific Rail Yard site in Brainerd, MN. The Roundhouse installation project will reflect upon the former 44 door pivoting turntable structure, along with ideas of transport history, community empowerment, and rural vacancy. An interactive workshop, critical dialogue, exhibition and opening will be held onsite within former NP Boiler Shop.


The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.