In close proximity to the Walker Art Center sits what many consider one of the boldest and most unique displays of art in the ... More
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
In close proximity to the Walker Art Center sits what many consider one of the boldest and most unique displays of art in the country, if not the entire world. Inaugurated in 1988, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a showcase for more than 40 works of art including major sculptures by George Segal, Ellsworth Kelly, Jenny Holzer, Henry Moore and Franz Lipschitz. The entrance to the 11 acre garden is bordered by Ampersand, a pair of colossal granite columns by Martin Puryear. The garden's centerpiece is the 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' sculpture and fountain by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The small conservatory is also home to a Frank Gehry-designed giant fish with scales of glass that rests on its tail.
This is another delightful Minneapolis site with terrific sculpture by;Claes Oldenburg and Cootje Van Bruggen,Jacques Lipchitz,Marino Marini,and George Segal.In the conservatory,there is a splendid sculpting of a fish by Frank Gehry.From this site,there are great views of Minneapolis' skyscrapers.
I loved the garden (flowers, greenery) as much as the sculpture. The "rooms" of sculpture are set apart by high hedges. A beautiful place to walk and wander. Being a weekday, we were able to park on the street near the entrance.
Paying a couple dollars (I want to say it's under $2) for parking in the always open lot next to the gardens, and you have full access to the cherry on a spoon, as well as many other beautiful pieces. This is also the home to green houses containing amazing plant life mixed with art work, and the walking bridge that leads you over Lyndale/Hennepin to Loring Park. Great hour or two adventure for the tourist or art enthusiast.
This place is fantastic! So much to do there, sculpture garden, walker center, flower garden, loring park...
its some what confusing to get to though. right when you turn on henepin get in the far left turn lane. there is parking under the waker center, street parking and a city lot just down the way.
I loved that the sculptures were out in nature. My kids had a great time running from sculpture to sculpture and looking at all of the art. There are "hidden" sculptures around some of the hedges and they are nice surprises. It was very easy to get to, even as first time visitors. Now that we are moving to the area I am sure it will be a special place for us as a family.
Wow, wow, and wow! I'm no art critic, but I had a fantastic time. The spoon was certainly my favorite part, but it was all lovely. The poem on the bridge is worth reading. And you get quite a view of the entire garden from up there. I'd certainly go again!