Ayo Sopeju is a competitive climber, head setter at The Minneapolis Bouldering Project, and an artist who takes the utmost care with his work. This care carries over to all that he does - setting, conversation, everything. I wanted to know where the intersection of his detailed art and his setting happens, and how the calmness and flow he exudes can coexist with the competition mindset.
At Ayo’s suggestion, we sat down for a conversation in a workspace at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It turned out to be maybe the most appropriate place we could have chosen.