When I have guests in Minneapolis, one my favorite places to take them is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center, one of the nation’s largest urban sculpture parks. When the Garden opened in 1988, it was immediately heralded by the New York Times as “the finest new outdoor space in the country for displaying sculpture.” There you’ll see Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985–1988), which has become a symbol of the city.
No matter what you think of contemporary art, it’s hard not to enjoy the setting against the Minneapolis skyline. The Walker hosts all sorts of great events during the summer including the Rock The Garden concerts, movies in the park, and my favorite, a miniature golf course with each hole designed by a contemporary artist.
Best of all, I love watching the way people interact with the art, which is after all, the goal. Click on the gallery below for larger images.