Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Octopus (behind the Walker in the Wurtle, upper garden) and The Spinner (near Parade Park), Alexander Calder
In true playful form, Alexander (also known as Sandy) was first known for creating a miniature circus out of found materials and wire.  He traveled with his circus from city to city with five suitcases holding these tiny, movable sculptures.

Bog Walker, Aaron Spangler (behind the Walker)
Spangler represents the state of Minnesota here!  This artist lives and works in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Model for Garden Seating, Reading, Thinking, Kinji Akagawa
Akagawa is a Japanese born artist who is known for creating sculptures with practical function.  He went to several art schools in the US, attending MCAD and the University of Minnesota in the 60s.

Five Plates, 2 Poles, Richard Serra
Serra's father was a pipe fitter in a shipyard in Northern California where this artist became fascinated with sheet metal and steel. 

Double Curve, Ellsworth Kelly
Kelly not only created sculptures of large scale but also delicately lined plant drawings and bold, single color geometric and organic shape paintings.  We just viewed his Green Curve With Radius of 20' at Mia last week.

Two-way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth, Dan Graham
Even though Graham is an American artist (from New Jersey), Minneapolis is fortunate to have one of his five sculpture commissions in the US.  Graham is also an artist of many mediums.

Empire, Eva Rothschild
This playful looking structure in black, red and green is meant to represent the canopy of trees in Central Park (even though this artist is from London).

Back of SnowmanGary Hume.  
Hume is known for interpreting everyday subjects with high gloss industrial paints.  This particular sculpture is one of many snowman in this artist's series.

Shoda Shima Stone Study, Isamu Noguchi
Noguchi was a Japanese American artist.  Noguchi is well known as a sculptor in addition to his collaborative role with Herman Miller and Charles Eames regarding furniture design. View the children with this piece in the video slideshow.

LOVE, Robert Indiana
Although known as a pop artist, Indiana really did believe in spreading more love.  He did so with several paintings and sculptures in this series.  With his interest in design, the "o" is tilted to the right so that the negative space lines up with the angle in the "v".  Before there were artistic postage stamps, Indiana's painted LOVE was the first to be used on a stamp.  The MOMA used a similar piece in this series for their Christmas card in 1967.

Hahn/Cock, Katharine Fritsch
Fritsch is a German artist with Hahn being the German word for rooster.  This sculpture is the second edition to the one in London.

For Whom..., Kris Martin
When creating his sculptures, this artist likes to consider time and history.  Martin is also known for leaving something significant out of each piece, to lend to the imagination.  

Woodrow, Deborah Butterfield
Butterfield travels between two residences in Montana and Hawaii, known for creating horses out of found objects, primarily wood and sheet metal.  Some remember a class we had last spring on this artist.

Theaster Gates
Gates, residing in Chicago, is also well known for his community service, bringing artistic opportunities to underprivileged communities.

Sky Pesher, James Turrell
Strategically placed away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy sculpture garden is this, partially underground, cubic structure by James Turrell.  This piece is one of many of Turrell's skylight series.  When sitting inside, we watched the sky change, viewed the shape the sunshine cast on the wall,  chanted ahhhh-ohhhhh-ummm, and had a spontaneous ukulele concert.


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