Happy Birthday, Sculpture Garden!

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Cherry & SpoonCan you believe the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden turns 25 this year? To commemorate the fine aging of the Cherry on the Spoon and all the other sculptures in our beloved public garden, the Walker Art Center is bringing us a couple of new items to enjoy when we visit one of the city’s favorite public outdoor spaces.

First, the Walker unveiled a new website and free mobile app as a gift to us all to further enhance our experience at the Sculpture Garden.

The fully responsive web app helps visitors navigate the Garden using GPS location garden_phone_1 (2)technology. Visitors can use the web app to view audio and video content about the sculptures, explore various histories of the Garden’s fascinating past, learn fun facts about the art, and listen to “Community Voices”– short interviews recorded in the Garden with community members, first time visitors, and local figures such as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

The new website is http://walkerart.org/garden and is chock-full of information about the Sculpture Garden. And when you access the website from your mobile phone, you will be prompted to download the free app.

One important piece of information you can access on the new site is about Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini-Golf. But, we’re going to tell you about it here, too.

This truly is artist-designed mini-golf.  A call-for-proposals went out in January and two, eight-hole courses will be designed based on winning entries from architects, engineers, artists, machinists, mini-golf aficionados, and a loose creative collective known as “Makeshi!t.” Two additional holes will be designed and crafted by students in a public art class at the University of Minnesota.

So, what can you expect on the courses?

walker on the greenHow does garden gnomes masquerading as foosball strikers, mazes, gopher holes, a scale model of a French chateau and more sound? And yes, there will be the mini-golf “kitcsh” we all have grown to love, represented by an over-sized watering can.

The Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini-Golf will be open every day starting Thursday, May 23 and run through September 8, weather permitting. The hours are 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday; 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Thursday through Saturday.

The cost to golf is $12 for adults, $10 for students, and $9 for Walker members and children under 12.

And the names of the holes are sure to pique your curiosity…check them out:

Hole 1 – Gopher Hole

Hole 2 – Roaming Hole Gardens

Hole 3 – 18 Holes in One

Hole 4 – Garden Gnome Foosball

Hole 5 – Zen Rock (The) Garden

Hole 6 – Garden Maze

Hole 7 – Rock! Garden

Hole 8 – “Can You Handle This?”

Hole 9 – Be a Sculpture!

Hole 10 – Earth Avenues

Hole 11 – Holey Lighted

Hole 12 – Le Bagatelle de Bagatelle

Hole 13 – Swarm

Hole 14 – Mega Golf

Hole 15 – Ames Room

What’s more, when you get hungry from all that golf, you can visit the Dog House. Choose from a variety of all-beef Vienna dogs served on a pretzel bun. Thirsty? Good. They have water, soda, lemonade, beer and wine.

The Doghouse hours are 11:00 am – 5:00 pm  Sunday through Wednesday; 11:00 am – 7:00 pm  Thursday through Saturday.

So make sure you get down to the Sculpture Garden this summer to wish it a happy birthday. We already know it’s a great place to go; the new mobile app and Artist-Designed Mini-Golf will just add to the experience. 

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