MSP Terminal 1, Airport Mall Central
"The North Star" is part of "A Boreal Triad," located in MSP Terminal 1 and consists of three inlaid stone floors entitled "Minnesota Compass Rose," "The North Star," and "Plant, Animal, Season." All three designs are aligned to magnetic North and were installed in 1999.
This mosaic features a constellation map of the Big and Little Dippers and Ursa Major and Minor. In the same way we are taught to find the North Star in the night sky, the two pointer stars of the Big Dipper act as a guide to Polaris, the ornate star at the center of the composition. The design is a reference to Minnesota, “The North Star State,” and depicts native fauna in the bears, the band of cardinals, and sunfish in the outer edge of the circle.