Iconic 'Standing Glass Fish' removed from sculpture garden during renovations

- Frank Gehry’s iconic Standing Glass Fish sculpture is coming down piece by piece as it prepares to make the move to Weisman Art Center during the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s upcoming renovations.

Standing Glass Fish is one of several of the Walker’s “most beloved” sculptures from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that are temporarily being moved to the Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Gold Medal Park this summer while the Sculpture Garden's biggest reconstruction project since 1988 is underway.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board received $8.5 million in public bonding to fund the reconstruction, which includes redoing the conservatory where the fish sculpture sits, replacing the irrigation system, walkways and trees.

The fish sculpture is like a giant jigsaw puzzle that curators are taking apart bery carefully. 

The Walker Art Center’s visual arts curator believes loaning the fish sculpture to the Weisman is an ideal fit, since Gehry also designed the museum.

The Sculpture Garden will be closed up to a year and a half beginning in the fall of 2015. Here’s where you can find some of the Walker’s other “most beloved” sculptures during the renovations.

Gold Medal Park: Brower Hatcher's Prophecy of the Ancients (1988), Mark di Suvero's Molecule (1977-83), and Tony Cragg's Ordovician Pore (1989)

MIA: Jacques Lipchitz's Prometheus Strangling the Vulture II (1944/1953)

With the exception of the Standing Glass Fish and several other sculptures, the majority of the art in the Garden will be put into storage for the duration of the renovations.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board received $8.5 million in public bonding to fund the reconstruction, which includes replacing the irrigation system, walkways and trees.


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