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A unique collaboration of Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, this 11-acre urban garden is one of the largest in the country and has more than 40 works of art on permanent display… and it is totally free for anyone to enjoy!
The garden is next to the Walker Art Center, and is joined to Loring Park by the Irene Hixon Whitney pedestrian bridge designed by Siah Armajani spanning 16 lanes of traffic. Don't miss looking up to read the poem by John Ashbery commissioned for the work as you cross from either side.
On the other side of the park is the conservatory with the giant glass fish designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed one of Minneapolis' other famed landmarks, the distinctive Weissman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.
If you visit during our 'warmer' seasons, don't miss standing under the trees past the spoon bridge and listening to Pierre Huyghe's incredible installation of 47 sets of wind chimes containing every note in the score of John Cage’s Dream (1948).
It is easy to be so enamored with the famous spoonbridge that you miss the many other treasures of this unique park. It is one of our grandson's favorite places to frolic. Plan about 30 minutes to meander through the front 'rooms', then stroll through the park past the spoonbridge down to the trellis garden at the far end for a mini retreat in the heart of the city.
Always free, the park is open daily 6 am to midnight on Vineland Place across from the Walker Art Center.
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