SubPar was created as part of ALMA Lights, a collaboration between Northern Lights.mn and Restaurant Alma. The premise was to create a temporary arts hub experiment that supported a range of artist interventions at 528-530 University Avenue prior to Restaurant Alma’s renovation of the building. As Restaurant Alma plans with James Dayton Design on how to reconfigure the space with expanded restaurant facilities, a cafe and boutique hotel, Northern Lights.mn invited a number artists to create interventions, installations, and activities throughout the building between July 8 and September 15.
SubPar was an interactive ball run that utilized raw materials and objects found throughout the building. Participants were invited to drop mini golf balls into one of three starting points and then gravity took over, transporting the balls from the second floor of the building down to the first. This piece was intended to highlight forgotten nooks and crannies of the building as well as create a dynamic audio and visual experience.