Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center
Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Walker Box Office/Information: 612-375-7622
here for a look at a feature article on The Minneaplolis Sculpture
October's Sculpture Magazine.
Open to the public year-round, this 11-acre urban garden
features more than 40 sculptures by leading American and international
artists, plus the Cowless Conservatory, and Spoonbridge and Cherry,
a giant fountain-sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, designed by Siah Armajani, connects the
Garden to Loring Park and downtown Minneapolis. A section added in 1992,
designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Cambridge Massachussetts,
features groves of deciduous trees, a rectangular granite-paved sculpture
plaza, a three-hundred-foot-long, vine-covered arbor, and a perennial
garden. Two new commisioned works by Dan Graham and Sol Lewitt were permanently
installed in July 1996. In conjunction with the 10th anniversary, the
Walker commisioned a new work by the collective Atelier van Lieshout.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, an eye catching hybrid of architecture
and sculpture, consists of a full scale wood house, designed after traditional
pioneer shelters, and an aluminum and fiberglass detachable mobile unit
that will travel into community neighborhoods beginning Summer 1999. The
Cowles Conservatory, which contains the Regis Gardens, houses permanent
and temporary exhibitions of horticulture and works of art. The glass
and wood sculpture Standing Glass Fish, by California architect
Frank Gehry, is on view in the Conservatory's center house.
Garden hours: 6a.m. to midnight, daily; free admission.
Cowless Conservatory hours: Tues. -Sat., 10a.m.-5p.m.; closed Mon.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is free.
Driving directions: 612-375-7622. Parking is available in
the parade stadium parking lot for $4. Street parking (hourly and metered)
is also available.
Garden tours are available Sat. and Sun. at 1p.m. Group
tours can be arranged by calling 612-375-7609 at least 3 weeks in advance.
Members of the Walker Art Center receive the Walker monthly
calender by mail. For membership info call 612-375-7655
A Minneapolis Sculpture Garden book is available in the Walker Art Center
shop; call 612-375-7633.
Summer classes, workshops, free, first Sat. Call 612-375-7610
Inside the Walker Art Center, directly across the street
from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Gallery 8 Resturantfeatures
informal, cafeteria-style dining with a view of the garden and the downtown
skyline. Menu changes daily. Wine and Beer available. Indoor and outdoor
terrace seating (weather permitting). Open Tues. -Sun., 11:30am-3pm.
The Walker Art Center Shop features artist-designed jewelry,
unique gifts and souvenirs, books and periodicals on contemporary art
and culture. Call 612-375-7633