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Lotus List Update: Visit the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens

Located just across the street from the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is full of linden tree avenues and massive art installations. The sculptures are actually in many different sizes, but it's hard on the first visit to give any attention to the smaller ones that line the avenue that leads to this:

The sculpture draws you directly down the lane, the cherry being oh so very enticing.

The "Spoonbridge and Cherry" is an iconic site in Minneapolis. This sculpture was created by a married pair of artists: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Together the spoon and cherry weigh over 7000 pounds. The sculpture is a fountain with the mist coming out of the cherry stem.

I've lived in Minnesota for over twenty years and had never made my way down to these famous gardens.

As with all iconic features it is hard to shoot an original image of this sculpture. There are many images of the sculpture, in all seasons, from every possible angle to be found on posters, brochures, and postcards. There didn't seem much for me to improve upon. I needed more time to think about this and perhaps I will go back there as I've now got a sense of the dimensions, the grand scale of this playful art installation. An icy, wintry day comes to mind as a possible good day to shoot.

One thing I do like about this image is that there is the bridge (designed by Twin Cities-based artist Siah Armajan) in the background. It helps show the scale of this sculpture. Believe me: it's big!

I went to this Park for lunch yesterday after spending time at the Walker Art Center with some other Mamas. It was noon and the sun, although not at the peak angles of summer, nonetheless was high in the sky which resulted in a thoroughly blown out image.

But, that's quite alright! I managed to finish one of the items on my Lotus List. I'm glad it was this one as this is something I've wanted to do for a long time. And, I'm so glad that I got to go there with the Baby Lotus Bud. She's the best travel companion, always up for adventure and always, in her lovingly passive way, encouraging me to seek out new places!

#27 on the Lotus List complete.


  1. I can't believe you had never been there!

  2. I lived in Mankato for a some some eight years ago or so, and went up to Minneapolis a few times ... I remember seeing this cherry, though I did not think of it in the least!

    Funny seeing it again here and realizing how we are all affected so differently by things in our world.

    Much love,



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