Students welcome the Walker Sculpture Garden’s new artwork

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


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The Spoonbridge and Cherry is widely known across the Twin Cities

Mia Rheineck, Staff Writer

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.