Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to get a facelift

Spoonbridge and Cherry
Tim Antilla paints artist Claes Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson

Plans are being finalized for a $10 million renovation of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center.

The garden, a collaboration of the Walker and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, has drawn 8 million visitors since it opened 25 years ago, and is now showing its age.

Parks Board Commissioner Anita Tabb says a lot of the work will be on the sculpture garden's infrastructure to deal with drainage problems.

"That is an area that is very low-lying, and so water is a very, very, destructive element and it's really taken its toll in the garden," she said. We'll be able to reuse the water that we collect from run-off, maybe for watering some of the gardens, maybe for keeping some of the grass alive." The renovation will also improve accessibility for people with disabilities. The Park Board is expected to approve the project at its September 3rd meeting, with the work beginning in 2015.

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