Spoonbridge & Cherry

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden 725 Vineland Pl

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Spoonbridge & Cherry

Perhaps the most well-known sculpture in Minneapolis’s Sculpture Garden, “Spoonbridge & Cherry” is just that: a spoon and a cherry. It is the sculpture you automatically associate with when you think of the Minneapolis Sculpture garden. The sculpture was created between 1985 and 1988 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and has been on display ever since. “Spoonbridge & Cherry” has been deemed by many as a daring, whimsical, and modern piece of art. Though many visitors scratch their heads at the meaning behind the art piece, there actually isn’t one other than just an unconventional piece of sculpture.

As an artist, Oldenburg’s signature style was making oversized versions of everyday objects and food products, hence the sculpture’s concept. In fact, before designing the sculpture, drawing spoons has been a habit of his since the early 60s. He was inspired by a spoon resting on a piece of fake chocolate — however, the addition of the spoon was originally van Bruggen’s idea. In terms of size, the spoon weighs 5,800 pounds while the cherry weighs 1,200 pounds. The cherry stem on the sculpture acts as a fountain, spraying into the pond beneath the sculpture. If you are looking for a true icon of Minneapolis (and a great view of the city’s skyline) look no further than “Spoonbridge & Cherry”, one of the many highlights of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

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"Spoonbridge and Cherry" by Tim Wilson is licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

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