Walking in to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | What Happened to the Trees?

Last updated on April 6th, 2018

Did you know the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has just gone through a major renovation? It’s been closed for almost two years! They just reopened this spring with some brand new pieces to check out. The garden includes 7.5 acres of different art, including the most icon piece the Spoonbridge and Cherry. When I heard I would visit the garden on my tour I took with the Roseville Visitors Association this summer, I was ecstatic. Here are some of the things to look out for when you go.

What to Look For:

Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch. It’s hard to miss. It’s quirky and is so unnatural but fun at the same time. It’s 25ft tall and a popular selfie spot. It’s a great addition to the garden.

BlueCock - Walker Sculpture Garden

The Black Vessel for a Satin, by Theaster Gates. This brings you right into a mid-evil time. The brick walls were custom made using leftover materials from brick making.  Don’t forget to look inside!

Tower at the Mpls Sculpture Garden

The Spoonbridge and Cherry is by far the most popular attraction and the most iconic in the gardens. On hot days, the Spoonbridge and Cherry turn itself into a misting fountain. Those walking on the west side will be cooled off in the mist.

The Spoon Bridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Two-way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth by Dan Grahm. This unique piece of glass will allow you to see both your reflection and through it. My husband and I played around a little with it to give a composite of both our faces. It turned out creepy in my opinion, but it was fun to try.

Selections from The Living Series, by Jenny Holzer. To the unsuspecting park visitor, there a nice set of benches lining the entrance to the gardens. But as soon as you look close, you’ll find there are a series of different ‘truisms’. Little quotes about life.

Benches at the MPLS Sculpture Garden

What happened to the trees?

The remodel involved more than just replacing some art pieces. It also required the need to rebuild some of the below-grade drainage and infrastructure issues. This meant that they had to remove a lot of the trees that were adorning the park. They were as much a part of the sculpture garden as the artwork was. To Minnesota residents, it is heartbreaking to see. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has planted 360 new trees in its place. It may take 10 years for them to mature, but hopefully it will draw in the crowds like the old ones did.

TIPS For the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

  • On Thursday nights from 5-9 the Walker Art Center is free to the public, thanks to Target. If you have the chance, plan on going to the Sculpture Garden during the day around 4pm then hit up the Walker.
  • Take the pedestrian bridge over to Loring Park. This park is used for different events throughout the year, including the Holidazzel.
  • Download the Self-Guided tour before you leave. It’s great for adults and kids alike to create a more interactive experience.
  • Visit the Wurtele Upper Garden, located right beside the Walker Art Center.
  • The Mpls Sculpture Garden Cost is always one of the free things to do in MPLS, making it one of the best features of the city. It’s also part of a great collection of Free Museums and art exhibits in the Twin Cities.
  • Parking is found in the two adjacent lots by the Walker Art Center for a small fee.


I hope you take the time to get out to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. With the cooler weather creeping up on us, it’s a perfect time! Check out my list of the Top Things to See in the Twin Cities here. Or for a look at what the garden looked like before they closed check out my visit: Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden Under Construction

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1 Comment

  • Reply Nicole Trigger April 25, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    The sculpture garden is a family favorite! We love the putt putt too.

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