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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to reopen early June

Celebrations planned following two-year closure for renovations

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The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is set to reopen on June 3.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is set to reopen on June 3.

Caroline Green

Caroline Green

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is set to reopen on June 3.

D’aviyan Robinson

After hearing about the changes made to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, junior Veda Cole said she anticipates visiting for the first time since it closed for renovations in 2015.

“I’m excited about seeing what they changed, how they’re going to rearrange it, how many of the old (sculptures) they’re going to keep and where the old (sculptures) are going to be,” Cole said.

Assistant director of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Meredith Kessler said she thinks the public will be drawn to the changes made to the garden.

“(The public will look forward to) how the new Sculpture Garden is updated and improved and the monumental new sculpture of a blue rooster by artist Katharina Fritsch,” Kessler said.

According to the Walker Art Center website, a total of 18 new art pieces will be added for viewing and Wi-Fi will be available to the guests throughout the center.

Kessler said different events will take place during the June 3 celebration of the reopening, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place.

“The Walker is also offering free gallery admission from June 1 to 10 and an evening party called ‘Walker Wide Open’ on June 8,” Kessler said.

Kessler said the Garden will continue to be free for the visitors.

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Design Project Manager Dana Murdoch said the motive behind the changes is gradual need for repair over the garden’s many years of operation.

“The infrastructure was showing deterioration that could not be addressed with basic maintenance, such as failing granite retaining walls, dying vegetation due to poor soils and drainage, lack of accessible facilities, unsustainable energy and operational costs,” Murdoch said.

According to the Walker Art Center website, the renovation project incorporates new sustainable technologies, such as a green roof and a rainwater collection to be reused for the garden.

Murdoch said the Garden has been renovated to include a new meadow and improved accessible facilities.

“(Some) major changes are the entire northern half of the Garden has been reimagined as a fresh meadow planed with native grasses and flowers (and) there is now only one staircase,” Murdoch said. “The entire remainder of the sidewalks are wheelchair accessible, (and the garden now has) new accessible restrooms.”

According to Kessler, more information about the opening and events can be found on the Walker Art Center website

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