You can’t miss the bright blue “Hahn/Cock” sculpture in Minneapolis’s Sculpture Garden. Its tenure in the Sculpture Garden is only a few years old, but it’s already one of the most recognizable sculptures on display. The giant blue cockerel was designed by German artist Katharina Fritsch and is one of two sculptures created. Its twin was unveiled in 2013 in London’s Trafalgar Square and has been on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. since 2016. The sculpture was chosen to stand in Trafalgar Square for its strong color contrast to the other buildings, the size & color of the animal, its unusual yet surreal nature, and because it represents a symbol of regeneration.
According to Fritsch, the sculpture can be interpreted in many different ways, one of which is a feminist work, satirically commenting on a male object being placed on a pedestal. The sculpture’s name itself is a double entendre intended as a play on words. Its initial reception when unveiled in London was overwhelmingly positive with critics deeming it “joyful” and that it would “put a smile on everyone’s faces”. The cockerel stands over 20 feet tall and is made of fiberglass, which can’t be missed when touring the Sculpture Garden. “Hahn/Cock” is probably the most eye-catching work on display in the sculpture garden.
Fritsch is known for her sculptures and installations that reinvigorate familiar objects. Her inspiration is drawn from many different sources, including Christianity, art history, and folklore. She has attracted international attention with life-size works such as a true-to-scale elephant.
"Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN" by Lorie Shaull is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Flickr.