Operation: When Doves Cry
Dearly beloved, we are gathered today 2 celebrate this thing called life...
On Thursday, April 21, 2016 Minneapolis, Minnesota and the entire world mourned the passing of one of the most talented, innovative, generous and influential artists of our time. Prince Rogers Nelson was born in and remained in Minneapolis throughout his entire life. Because of this, we felt it fitting to create cross-faction field art in memory of this iconic artist in his hometown of Minneapolis.
Dig if you will a picture...
The idea was discussed in the cross faction community and a field plan was designed and executed within 9 days of his passing. The field, a representation of the Prince symbol, covered all of downtown Minneapolis and reached into South Minneapolis. Significant portals were included in the field plan, including First Avenue Stars (The stars mural on the walls of First Avenue which is where Prince made his breakthrough, also featured in his film Purple Rain, and was the first portal used in this field art) and I35W Bridge Collapse Memorial (Sitting on West River Parkway is a memorial to the victims of the I-35W bridge collapse. What many people don’t know is that Prince donated $50,000 to a fund to help those victims.)
But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant 2 last...
The entire operation took 7 hours to complete and was complicated by rogue agents in the area, a towed vehicle and an unfortunate bicycle accident with one of the agents (he will be ok!) Through it all, the teams pushed on and completed the operation in the early dawn. As a testament to the impact Prince has on Minneapolis, and the respect all agents had for this operation, the field art stood, untouched until the following afternoon.
Cause I'm willin'... and I'm able...
The amazing agents involved in this operation included:
(Agent Name | Role | Favorite Prince Song)
@LEGOMan70| Field Designer/Clearer/Fielder | Starfish and Coffee
@natetorreyious| Planning | When Doves Cry
@raginhindu| Operating | Purple Rain
@vpuffs| Clearing/Fielding | Purple Rain
@polydactyl| Clearing/Fielding | Darling Nikki
@sanssoul| Clearing/Fielding | When Doves Cry
@Bithead| Clearing/Fielding | 1999
@RoadieMoose| Clearing/Fielding | Let's Go Crazy
@milaca| Clearing | Rock and Roll is Alive (and it lives in Minneapolis)
@TinySharks| Screenshots/Video Editor | Let's Go Crazy
@BigPapaJam| Clearing/Fielding/Operator | Purple Rain
@zoejam| Clearing/Fieding | Little Red Corvette
@Ravenlily| Planning/Clearing/Fielding | I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
@blazz0r| Planning | Pussy Control
@VerminHell| Clearing/Fielding | Darling Nikki
@LordMeZ| Clearing/Fielding | Cream
@buzzman420s| Clearing/Fielding | While My Guitar Gently Weeps
@mgiant| Clearing/Fielding | Paisley Park
@llexuus| Clearing/Fielding | The Cross
@whovian241| Clearing/Fielding | Willing and Able
@Kipfin| Clearing/Fielding | Sometimes it Snows in April
@BuenaOnda| Clearing/Fielding | 7
@Tinklemaeyer| Clearing | Manic Monday (written by Prince)
@Z1mDMan| Intel | Little Red Corvette
@gutterpickboots| Intel | Purple Rain+NIA Ops +Ingress +Niantic #ingress #fieldart #crossfaction #prince #minneapolis