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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden reveals art, nature

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The recently revamped Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the crown jewels of the award-winning Minneapolis park system.

Since opening in 1988, the sculpture garden has presented works from Walker Art Center’s collections of modern and contemporary art in the setting of an urban park. The garden is home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

The nearly 12-acre sculpture garden is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. Groups visiting Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on their own can download an interactive self-guided tour experience.

Created through the vision of late Walker Art Center director emeritus Martin Friedman as a partnership between the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was among the first major public/private urban sculpture parks of its kind in the United States.

“The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the best public spaces in America and a prime example of the potential of innovative, effective partnerships,” said Jayne Miller, superintendent at Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

After nearly three decades and more than 9 million visitors, the sculpture garden’s infrastructure was reconstructed in 2017 with new irrigation, walkways, and retaining walls. The project launched in tandem with updates to the Walker Art Center’s campus, including a new plaza and entrance, an expanded front lobby, the destination restaurant Esker Grove, a more pedestrian-friendly Vineland Place, improved accessibility and a landscaped, art-filled hillside.

These projects allowed the Walker to build on the 40-plus artworks already located in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and on the Walker hillside with new commissions, green spaces, a new entry and enhanced city streetscapes. Favorite artworks returned and 17 new pieces were installed. The selection of artists brings a range of diverse voices from nine different countries, increases the number of women artists represented and includes many notable career firsts. n

For more information call 612-375-7609 or visit walkerart.org.

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David Hoekman, Managing Editor

David Hoekman is a former newspaperman on a quest to tell the stories of the world’s various places and cultures in compelling ways. He especially enjoys learning and writing about the business of group travel. His favorite destination is wherever he is going next and his travel tip is to always pack an emergency granola bar or two.

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