The temperature outside was below zero, so I walked a few blocks through the skyway to Cray Plaza (formerly Gaultier Plaza). In a window of to the side of the skyway is a Cray-1 supercomputer along with a framed photo of Seymour Cray. Click to make the sketch bigger:
As I sketched, a security guard intervened and insisted I get permission to sit and sketch. He insisted I get permission from the building management otherwise I would removed for "loitering". I took the elevator to the third floor and talked with someone who gave me permission.... permission to sit and sketch in a public place.
This annoying, insulting episode took place in Lowertown where I assumed most people would be supportive of artists. Also ironic because I am one of four artists who has artwork reproduced on drink coasters celebrating Lowertown (read an article on the coasters in the Pioneer Press).
I was harassed in a similar way by a security guard in Minneapolis nearly a decade ago (read "Landscape of Fear" at Counterpunch).
Here's a comic I did about the incident - click to make it bigger: