The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden welcomed visitors for the first time in 1988 and has since seen millions of people enjoying its offerings. These contemporary masterpieces are on display in what could be called the Central Park of Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Walker Art Center took part in establishing the garden as one of the first public/private urban sculpture parks in the nation. In stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city that rises all around it, this sculpture garden provides a place of serenity and calm for visitors and residents alike. One of the newer installations is the Blue Chicken. It's exactly what it sounds like: a large blue chicken standing on an elevated platform. It is quite a sight to behold!
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden features more than 40 sculptures from artists around the world. You'll see, perhaps the most popular sculpture, "Spoonbridge and Cherry," which anchors the entire garden. An artist by the name of Claes Oldenburg and his wife designed the sculpture in 1985. Oldenburg's signature design was all about oversized food and objects. However playful the sculpture may seem, it was thoughtfully designed. The spoon was Oldenburg's contribution, as he was fond of drawing spoons. His wife came up with the cherry. She thought of it as a bold statement piece in an otherwise subdued setting.
Each of the sculptures provides a place for you to engage your senses and reflect. Aspiring contemporary artists will be inspired to create their own works of art. Those new to the art world will be intrigued to learn more about the subject. Being outdoors will add a natural element of artistry. Imagine snow-covered sculptures in the winter or brightly colored leaves surrounding you in autumn.
A popular fixture of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the place where your imagination will run wild, evoking a sense of wonder and dreams. The garden is open from 6 AM to midnight 365 days a year, and admission is free.
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