Knight Errant

Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

The Walker Sculpture garden offers new attractions and art pieces for visitors to see.

The+Spoonbridge+and+Cherry+is+widely+known+across+the+Twin+Cities
Back to Article
Back to Article

Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

The Spoonbridge and Cherry is widely known across the Twin Cities

The Spoonbridge and Cherry is widely known across the Twin Cities

Photo Credits: Flickr

The Spoonbridge and Cherry is widely known across the Twin Cities

Photo Credits: Flickr

Photo Credits: Flickr

The Spoonbridge and Cherry is widely known across the Twin Cities

Mia Rheineck, Staff Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Known for the Spoonbridge and Cherry pieces, the Walker Sculpture Garden has been a Minneapolis attraction since 1988. But after reopening on June 10, 2017, it now has even more unique pieces of art to offer.

Sophomore Libby Simpson visited the old sculpture garden numerous times. This past summer, she visited with her sister and a friend from work. “[The old sculpture garden] was less colorful but still pleasant,” Simpson said.

“[It is] more fun than the old one,” Simpson said. She also enjoyed experiencing the place with her co-worker, who was entirely new to the venue.

The sculpture garden houses more than 40 outdoor sculptures, created by artists of all ages from ten different countries. With the large number of sculptures and the diverse backgrounds of the artists, the Walker provides a unique array of art for all tastes, including an iconic Richard Indiana LOVE sculpture and a vibrant, blue chicken by Katharina Fritsch. Some pieces of art allow people to interact with them, giving visitors a different experience than what is featured at traditional museums.

Prior to reopening, the Sculpture Garden faced controversy over a piece called “Scaffold” that resembled the scaffold used at the end of the Dakota War of 1862. The artwork was not meant to cause harm, but many in Minnesota’s Dakota community found it being harmful. After many protests, Sam Durant and the Walker apologized for “Scaffold”. As a result, the piece was removed and burned.

It is a fun spot to hang out and take friends.”

— Libby Simpson

Sophomore Joey Trella only visited the sculpture garden once in the past and enjoyed visiting the renovated sculpture garden this past August with her family, because it allowed her to engage with new art that’s different from the fare she’s used to. “It’s just a fun trip to enjoy and take in the artwork that isn’t in a painting or photograph,” Trella said.

Simpson also took advantage of the other offerings the Walker had on tap such as the artist-created mini golf course with signature sculptures on each hole. Simpson plans to visit the Sculpture Garden again. “It is a fun spot to hang out and take friends,” Simpson said.

Open year-round, 6am to midnight, and free admission, the Walker Sculpture Garden welcomes everyone and provides a close-up look into contemporary art.  

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

The Knight Errant intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. The Knight Errant does not allow anonymous comments, and the Knight Errant requires first and last names and a valid email address in order for comments to be published. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    Lucky Cricket fuses Chinese and Hawaiian elements to create a unique and odd dining experience

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    Battle of the Chickens

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    Stop by West End for tasty meals that won’t disappoint

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    Sever’s Corn Maze continues to hold its reputation as an amazing corn maze

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    “Dead End Hayride” is Worth the Trip

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    Electric scooters take over the Twin Cities

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    “Hamilton” arrives in Minneapolis

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    From Taher to Delivery: Pizza in Minneapolis

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    “Stranger Things” is a flashback to the golden days of the 80s

  • Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

    Around the Twin Cities

    Punch Bowl Social is the best “social” hangout at West End

Navigate Right
The student news site of Benilde-St. Margaret's School in St. Louis Park, MN
Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork