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Bryan Mayfield Art Installation

Identifier: Tretter-376

Scope and Content

The Bryan Mayfield Art Installation includes the 2012 exhibit "Love on a Grid." The Grid was displayed in the Solomon's Porch Gallery space in South Minneapolis. This work of art comprises 4 large panels which are further made up of 515 squares, each representing and displaying the 515 statutes in Minnesota Law which previously discriminated against same-sex couples. These 515 statutes, identified by the group Project 515, were diminished as Marriage Equality was passed in Minnesota's November 2012 election. Project 515 played a pivotal role in gaining marriage equality in Minnesota. Project 515's main goals were to advocate for equal rights, predominantly the right to marry, for same-sex couples. Their vision includes a world in which all are equally respected and valued under law and in everyday realms. As their major efforts and goals were met with the passing of marriage equality, Project 515 declared "Mission Accomplished" in May 2014 and closed its doors a month later in June.


  • Creation: 2012


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Biographical Scope

Bryan Mayfield works professionally as an Architectural Millwork Engineer/Drafter. He has spent several years constructing trade show exhibits for several companies and as a freelance builder. Not only does Mayfield have extensive experience in exhibit design but also is skilled in CAD, Digital Illustration, Sketching and Architectural Drawing, 3D Modeling, Industrial Design and more.


4 Linear Feet


This Art Installation by Bryan Mayfield entitled "Love on a Grid" was created to display the 515 statutes in Minnesota Law which discriminated against same-sex couples prior to the Marriage Equality Vote in the November 2012 election.


"Each statute is a 4" x 4" digital print mounted to an archival PVC panel (about .5"t x 36"w x 23.5"h) with archival adhesive in numerical order on a grid. The panels were machined so that the prints appear to be floating away from the surface. The 15 panels are then assembled to create four larger panels." Dimensions of each panel are as follows: Panel 1: 14’-8½” [176.5“] x 1’-11½” [23.5”], Panel 2: 4’-7” [55“] x 1’-11½” [23.5”], Panel 3: 11’-4” [136“] x 1’-11½” [23.5”] Panel 4: 8’-4” [100“] x 1’-11½” [23.5”].

Source of acquisition

The collection was donated by Bryan Mayfield in March 2015.

Related Materials

Project 515 Records, 2006-2013

Out Front Minnesota records, 1970-2014

Tretter - Jean-Nickolaus papers, 1925-2013

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jordan Burrell in 2015 as part of a project financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Bryan Mayfield Art Installation, 2012
Jordan Burrell
March 2015
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area