Jul 16

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
One of the iconic views of Minneapolis can be found at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  The Spoonbridge and Cherry with the Minneapolis skyline in the background.  Albeit it was not the best conditions to see that beautiful skyline on a cloudy day.  Sometimes you just have to make the best of the situation which we did.
Minneapolis Garden
We had already had a jam-packed morning with seeing Minnehaha Falls, waiting out a storm, and the Minnesota Zoo.  We grabbed a quick bite to eat for lunch and made the drive up to see Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  By the time we got there our youngest was fast asleep in the car.  Not wanting to disturb her rest. My wife who was pregnant at the time volunteered to stay in the car while I took our oldest out to see the sculpture garden.  It is always fun to spend time with my girls, but it is extra special when I get some one-on-one time with them.
M art
Once again, I am not the greatest appreciator of art.  I can enjoy it, like seeing it, but to dive into who made what, why, what is the deeper understanding goes to a level I do not want to go.  Some of it, at least to me, is downright strange and beyond my humble level of understanding.  The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden brings out all of those things.  Seeing the big blue rooster that was interesting.  Trying to figure out why somebody would make a giant rooster and paint it blue that is where the world of art leaves me in the dark.  Watching my oldest and seeing what she liked and did not like made walking around the area a lot of fun.
Big Blue Rooster
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11-acre park that showcases more than 40 works of art.  Its most popular piece is the giant spoon with the cherry on top.  Though I found other pieces much more attractive to my art cultural sense (or lack thereof.)  It had just been reopened at around the time of our visit, but since we had never been there before not for sure exactly what had changed.  Though the website says it is better than ever.  I guess I will just have to take their word for it.
Another part of our visit to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that I found interesting was the people.  It was fascinating seeing the tourist and locals having a good day at the park.  Being born, raised and raising a family in a deeply conservative state then going to a place like Minneapolis and seeing how the other half lives was thought-provoking.  I am sure there is one out there and if not there needs to be of just an American cultural study of different areas.  Social norms, cultural acceptance, what is deemed appropriate in the different regions of the country.  In this political, cultural, and economic divide that seems to be gripping America ever since the turn of the century.  It would be a fascinating read.  I think more people should travel because it sharpens our viewpoint of reality to see things as they are instead of thinking how things may be.

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Spoon and Cherry
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Located at 726 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN
Hours of Operation 6 a.m. to midnight 365 days a year
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at https://walkerart.org/visit/garden

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