Walker: Cherry sculpture to be repainted in New York

The cherry part of the famous “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture travels to New York for a fresh coat of paint.

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center will be without one of its most iconic and recognizable landmarks for a few weeks.

The cherry from the “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture was removed on November 16 and is on its way to New York to get a new coat of paint.

Why the long trip? The Walker says the giant cherry is traveling east to get a facelift by a company that specializes in varnishing sculptures. The museum says the company responsible for the cherry repainting has worked with some of the most prominent sculptors and handled other pieces by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the husband and the broad duo who designed Spoonbridge and Cherry.

The cherry will return to the bold north in mid-January.

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According to Walker, “the fountain sculpture was inspired by a novelty Oldenburg had collected in 1962, with a spoon resting on an” island “of plastic chocolate. From here, the artists imagined a giant tool as an imaginative bridge over a When they viewed Minnesota as a place, the raised bowl of the spoon with the bow of a Viking ship or a duck bouncing in a lake. “

The 50-foot-long sculpture was the first work commissioned for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which opened in 1988.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is free and is open from 06:00 to 12.00 every day.

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