Big Blue Rooster will be Sculpture Garden's new photo op

Copyright: Katharina Fritsch/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Courtesy Matthew Marks GalleryPhoto credit: Andrei Dureika

Move over Spoonbridge and Cherry, the Big Blue Rooster will soon be the iconic photo op for visitors to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The Walker Art Center on Thursday announced 16 new artworks for the redeveloped, 19-acre Sculpture Garden, including Hahn/Cock, a 20-foot, deep blue rooster from German artist Katharina Fritsch.

Hahn/Cock made global headlines when it was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square in July 2013. The blue rooster will be installed on the north end of the Sculpture Garden, adjacent to Spoonbridge and Cherry.

Artists included in the Sculpture Garden expansion are Nairy Baghramian, Frank Big Bear, Tony Cragg, Sam Durant, Katharina Fritsch, Theaster Gates, Robert Indiana, Kcho, Liz Larner, Sol LeWitt, Mark Manders, Matthew Monahan, Philippe Parreno, Eva Rothschild, Monika Sosnowska, and Aaron Spangler. The new installations are the first permanent outdoor works for several of these acclaimed artists.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of these new works to the Walker campus and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by some of today’s most significant artists,” said Walker executive director Olga Viso. “These acquisitions affirm the Walker’s long-standing mission to collect artists in depth as well as to add important new global artistic voices to the collection. These additions enhance the strength of our collection and form a vital piece of our vision for the new campus to be shared with the Twin Cities community and visitors from around the world.”