Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to reopen on June 3

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After being closed for more than a year for a reconstruction project, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will reopen on June 3 with upgraded systems and 18 new works of art.

The reconstruction replaced irrigation, drainage and storm water systems, upgraded the walkways and bathrooms, and improved energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

A new meadow at the north end of the sculpture garden will be filled with native plants that absorb storm water runoff. A new, 80,000-gallon underground cistern will capture runoff and overflow from the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry and reuse it to irrigate the new landscape.

When it reopens, the sculpture garden will also feature 18 new works of art, including Katharina Fritsch’s ultramarine blue rooster, which stands more than 20 feet tall.

The reconstruction was part of a larger renovation project at the Walker Art Center that included a new plaza and entrance, new restaurant Esker Grove, a green roof and green streetscape along Hennepin Avenue.

The grand reopening will take place on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a ceremony at noon as well as art-making activities, special performances and tours of the newly renovated sculpture garden.

More information can be found here.