Perfect weather for a visit to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. An urban oasis of 11 acres and home to 40 works from the Walker Art Center's collection.
At the end of the parterre path, Henry Moore's wishbone-inspired bronze welcomes all to the great lawn, maybe half of the 11 acres. I like that this art garden doesn't take itself too seriously. A colossal ruby in the crown commands center stage.
|Klaus Oldenberg's Spoonbridge and Cherry|
Ruby in the crown? Cherry on top? Whichever you prefer, it is really big.
Walking paths line the perimeter and diagonally bisect the lawn. The eye has time to view the sculptures from afar while getting in some much needed exercise as we draw closer (speaking only for myself on the much needed).
|X With Columns, Sol Lewitt, 1996|
Scattered throughout the Garden are benches and chairs. Linger and enjoy the art from a different perspective. Or linger and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Or people watch. Or all of the above.
|Prophecy of the Ancients, Brower Hatcher, 1988|
|Looking up through Prophecy of the Ancient's wire dome.|
A very nice bronze turtle, a chair and other soon-to-be artifacts are enmeshed in thousands of polyhedrons.
Free guided tours provide an in-depth look at the Garden's art. They are offered Saturday and Sunday from May through September. We visited on a weekday so we were left guideless to parse the hidden meaning of this top coat,
|Judith Shea's Without Words, 1988|
and three massive, steel I-beams forming a monumental pyramid entitled Molecule.
|Molecule by Mark Di Suvero|
my photo does not do its size justice
|From MSG's website. This must be an old picture. The red in real life is redder.|
I stayed well outside Molecule's vast pyramid of space. Maybe I was channeling a former pharaonic life as a palm frond fanner or stone mason.
Nice bright red though, picks up on Klaus' cherry, excellent contrast with the green lawn. It's true, everyone is a critic.
The Sculpture Garden is also home to the Cowles Conservatory which has seasonal exhibits. Normally I'm the first one to rush into a conservatory but after a miserably cold winter in New England and Minnesota, the glorious sunshine was irresistible. We skipped the Conservatory. Probably a big mistake.
The Grossman Arbor anchors the north end of the great lawn.
|The Alene Grossman Memorial Arbor and Flower Garden|
You'll have to imagine the lush vines of high summer wending upwards and over the arches.
Admission to the Sculpture Garden is free. Open daily, 6 AM to midnight, the walking paths are kept clear of snow for year round enjoyment. The MSG is a vibrant civic resource beloved and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. It is also a kid friendly destination.
The Garden hosts many cultural and family oriented activities. Just two of many wildly popular events:
"Free First Saturdays" include free admission to the Walker's art galleries with activities geared for kids 6 to 12.
"Rock the Garden" is an annual weekend music festival coming up June 21 and 22. Ten bands are booked for this rite of summer concert: indie blues, surf rock, regular rock, frenetic pop, post punk, hip-hop. All the loud genres are well-represented. Should be a fun weekend.
If you visit Minneapolis and St. Paul, don't miss the Sculpture Garden.
Happy Father's Day!
Thanks for reading,
all pictures by me except the full view of Molecule