absolutely loves its arts, whether its in the form of music, theater,
film, or paint and canvas. Or in the case of the Minneapolis Sculpture
Garden, paint and steel.
Of course, its not all paint and steel, but much of it is. And now you can take a quick, pictoral, "virtual tour" of the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on our Flickr page.
From the Spoondbridge and Cherry fountain and its pond to the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge spanning 16-lanes of Twin cities traffic, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is filled with iconic beauty. Residents love to run, jog, walk, or stroll through its grounds, either for exercise, pleasure, or both.
Part of the park has existed as a garden since the 1930s. In the late 1960s, Interstate Highway 94 severed the connection between Loring Park and the garden. The acreage in front of the Walker Art Center eventually became a playing field.
In 1988 the Walker and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board collaborated to turn that playing field into the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. However, many of the sculptures had already come to the walker over a period of nearly fifty years thanks to local donors and artists. In 1992 it was expanded from 7.5 to 11 acres, making it the largest urban sculpture garden in the country at the time.
There are more than 40 works on permanent view, many of which you can see at our Walker Art Center & Minneapolis Sculpture Garden pictorial tour. Artists and the residents of this city will ensure that the garden continues to be a destination of wonder for years to come.