August 29, 2010 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
We loved exploring Minneapolis, Minnesota. We probably spent hours here just driving around, and making all of the stops on our list of stuff to see. It was hard to cram everything we wanted to see into one afternoon/evening, but I think we did a pretty awesome job of it. Minneapolis was definitely the town we spent the most time in, which is only natural as its the biggest.
I was especially excited to see the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry! How lovely is it? So quirky and fun. Here’s a blurb about how the spoon and cherry came to be from the walkerart.org website –
“Claes Oldenburg is best known for his ingenious, oversized renditions of ordinary objects, like the giant “soft” three-way plug and overturned bag of french fries in the Walker’s own collection. He and Coosje van Bruggen, his wife and collaborator, had already created a number of large-scale public sculptures, when they were asked to design a fountain-sculpture for the planned Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The spoon had appeared as a motif in a number of Oldenburg’s drawings and plans over the years, inspired by a novelty item he had acquired in 1962. Eventually the utensil emerged—in humorously gigantic scale—as the theme of the Minneapolis project. Van Bruggen contributed the cherry as a playful reference to the Garden’s formal geometry, which reminded her of Versailles and the exaggerated dining etiquette Louis XIV imposed there. The complex fabrication of the 5,800 pound spoon and 1,200 pound cherry was carried out at two shipbuilding yards in New England. The sculpture has become a beloved icon in the Garden, whether glaceed with snow in the Minnesota winters or gleaming in the warmer months, with water flowing over the surface of the cherry and a fine mist rising from its stem.”
Sonny drove around the downtown Minneapolis area, while I had the windows rolled down trying to photograph everything in sight. So much to see, and so much going on! That was one of the first mega-busy metropolises we visited, and I was completely enamored.
We found a Mary Tyler Moore statue! :D Love the quote they had with it.
A giant green chair? Yes, please! Definitely had to stop and climb on that thing.
And of course, we were excited to see the Peanuts Statues at Rice Park! Loved the one of Lucy and Woodstock especially. The park was in a fairly sketchy area, and it was nearing sunset, so we really didn’t stay too long. Wish it was in a better part of town, or at least had a less sketchy air about it.
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