Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reviews
Amazing Urban Art Sculptures Displayed on 11 acres of Land Apr 22, 2011
Nothing beats visiting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden while in Minneapolis. Located next to the Walker Art Center, this amazing art display is the center of attraction for both locals and visitors. While I was in Minneapolis, I visited the sculpture garden with Travbuddy Alyssa (alyssa_ob). The Garden has over 40 permanent sculptures, I managed to see about 10 only. I was limited by the continuous rain and chill outside. The few I managed to see were both exciting and intriguing. The most intriguing and most vivid of them is the cherry spoon sculpture. This is a must see the fountain sculpture is a spoon bridge and Cherry. The artists Coosje Van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg, were apparently commissioned for this project. The spoon is 52 feet long and the beautiful red cheery weighs 1200 lbs.
The other sculpture that took our fancy was the Arkidea, the metal web that looks like a spider spurn around. This sculpture was designed by Mark di Suvero who named the sculpture after his passion and admiration of spiders (arachnid). There are many great and intriguing sculptures in the garden, we did not see many of them as the rain was doing it's thing and we did not want to get all wet and cold.
Off to the right of the Garden is the green house or rather a conservatory. The huge glass construction and high ceilings reminded me of the Biosphere 2 in Arizona. Inside are the most intriguing plants include very tall palm trees and a giant glass fish sculpture intricately put together. The glass fish is in a tub of water, the 22 foot high fish is the creation of Frank Gehry, the inspiration comes from his childhood experiences with fish swimming in his grandmother's bathtub on Thursdays awaiting to be used for Friday dinners.
As we walked through, there was a couple taking pre-wedding photographs inside the green house. The tropical colors and feel of the green house impressed upon them the feel and look of being in another world. Far away from the rainy, gloomy and cold Minneapolis that day.
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a little bit of art in the back yard Aug 09, 2008
The minneapolis sculpture garden has some awesome jems of artists hiding in the lawn of this out door museum. The garden is known for the Large Spoon with a cherry on top built by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen and people come here just to see it! Including the TB meetup... that's pretty much all we did. They also created the Batcolumn in Chicago.
Some history on the spoon is that it's a playful reference to the Garden's formal geometry, which reminded Coosje van Bruggen of Versailles and the exaggerated dining etiquette Louis XIV imposed there.
I was happy though that we went into the sun house which housed a large 22 foot fish made out of glass with a garden around it. It is built by Frank Gehry who is a famous architect known for his design of the New Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain and also as a designer of jewelry at Tiffany & Co. He designed this fish because it reminded him of when he was young and would go to his grandmothers house. They would go to the Jewish market on thursday mornings and she would buy a carp to make gefilte fish and would put it into the bathtub before she'd kill it. Gehry would watch it as it would swim around and he would play with it as he watched it twist and turn.
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