Starting off your morning with a little art is a great way to enjoy a fall day. Walk the trails, get some fresh air and see the sights. The only problem was, where did all the art go? Am I missing something?
We wanted to stay close to home today because of our already crazy weekend. We decided to check out the Walker Art Center’s sculpture garden. I hadn’t been there since I was in grade school so I thought it would be fun. I did my normal research before and found that it’s free to get into for the outside attractions. The first Saturdays of the month the inside galleries are free to the public. Maybe another day!
Right now they are in the middle of a complete remodel the gardens. Currently, there are only a few pieces that are still on display. Those pieces are: “Spoonbridge and Cherry” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Von Bruggen, “X With Columns” by Sol LeWitt and “Five Plates, Two Poles” by Richard Serra. They are all going to be on view until Spring 2016. At that point, the gardens will be closed completely and reopened when construction is done in the Spring 2017. Knowing this we still wanted to check out what was left. We pulled up and noticed that there was some 1hr parking on the street that we could take advantage of. You can also pay in one of the lots for $4.
We found the cherry and the spoon right away. Started to walk a little more and found another sculpture and a cool arbor walk. The trees were in full fall colors. Lots of squirrels running around gathering up nuts for the winter. Then we saw the Hawk. I’m seeing them out in the suburbs, but this is the first time I’ve seen one in the cities. He was pretty friendly and didn’t get spooked by us. Then he spotted the squirrel. I don’t think he got him but flew right over us. For a second there, we thought he was coming for us. It was pretty cool to see nature in action.
Then we wandered over to the second part of the gardens. They have it set up pretty nice with different courtyards that are surrounded up by trees. Inside each one is the place where the sculptures were supposed to be. Unfortunately, they didn’t have anything in them. When they said under constructions, they meant it. Reading a little more about it, those trees are all going to be replaced. Most of them were planted too close together or are reaching the end of their normal life cycle. I’m excited to see what it will look like in 2017 when they open up again.
If you want to check out the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden, be warned. It won’t take you long. If you are interested in a fun stroll through the city and some wildlife, check it out. Even better go right before the Walker Art Center opens so you can see both.