The Walker Art Center will be welcoming 16 new contemporary art pieces to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and its redeveloped campus.
The works include the 15.5-foot-tall blue chicken sculpture “Hahn/Cock” by German sculptor Katharina Fritsch and an iconic “LOVE” sculpture of the word by Robert Indiana. The pieces will join the garden’s most famous work, “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” beginning this summer as the campus is redeveloped as part of the Walker’s $75 million, 75th anniversary campaign.
The garden, which is seeing $10 million in improvements in concert with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is expected to reopen in June 2017. While the Walker has stored most of the garden’s 40 or so pieces, several have been relocated to Gold Medal Park, the Weisman Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The collection’s other artists include: Nairy Baghramian, Frank Big Bear, Tony Cragg, Sam Durant, Theaster Gates, Kcho, Liz Larner, Sol LeWitt, Mark Manders, Matthew Monahan, Philippe Parreno, Eva Rothschild, Monika Sosnowska, and Aaron Spangler.
“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 Executive Director Olga Viso in a statement. “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.”
Photos courtesy of the Walker Art Center.