This two-story art glass window was installed at Edina City Hall in December 2006. Situated on an east-facing window, the glass captures the morning light. The window is an abstract work that represents the Minnehaha Creek waterfall and the Edina Mill - two important aspects of Edina’s history. According to the dedication plaque, the piece was “inspired by the industrious workings of a grain mill and the continuity of Minnehaha Creek.”
Michael Pilla is a self-taught glass artist with more than 30 years of experience. He makes new windows and works as a consultant for the historic preservation of old stained glass. Pilla’s work is contemporary and abstract. When possible, he uses copper foil in place of lead. Pilla’s signature is using small copper plates or clips over the joints, which reinforce the weakest parts and add detail.
Michael Pilla’s art glass window was funded by the City of Edina and a grant from the Edina Community Foundation. Major donors include the William D. Radichel Foundation, Excel Energy and Linda and James Masica.