Staying in downtown Minneapolis to speak at a writer’s conference, I had to take advantage of the one blue sky spring day to escape the confines of the city streets and stroll to its parks and gardens. Minneapolis has many, as I discovered, surprising given how brief the weather window is to enjoy them. And Minnesotans love their art. I found sculptures and murals tucked away in all sorts of natural corners, but this one didn’t hide.
Spoonbridge and Cherry, by Claes Oldenburg Coosje van Bruggen, is the iconic central feature of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the natural space adjoining and curated by the Walker Museum of Art. Installed in 1988, a gift of Frederick R. Weisman in honor of his parents, William and Mary Weisman, it’s been THE cool place to take a photo in Minneapolis before selfies were even invented. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of selfies when I took this photo.
This sculpture is a prime example of timeless public art that doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s a fun reason to visit the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which is full of interesting art and is free for visitors to stroll through and enjoy. It’s open every day from 6 AM to midnight.