Mini-Golf in the Sculpture Garden
“Walker on the Green” combines putt-putt with art
Spoonbridge and Cherry, the monumental sculpture designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen is so iconic that it is hard to believe it hasn’t always been a part of Minneapolis. In fact, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, in which Spoonbridge is the centerpiece, is just turning 25 this year.
To commemorate this milestone, the Walker Art Center commissioned a mini golf course. (Apparently, the 25th anniversary is the mini golf anniversary in the art world.) Patrons are invited to play on this installation, which consists of 15 artist-designed holes located behind the Cowles Conservatory.
There are two nine-hole courses to choose from – both share a final hole – or you can opt for the full experience and play all 15 works of art. We chose to play both courses and throughly enjoyed each.
Some of our favorite holes included the scale model of the Sculpture Garden and Walker Art Center,
the Gnome foosball hole,
and the final hole, which is a miniature representation of all 18 holes at Augusta
Whether you choose to play one course or two, be sure to show up early to book a good tee time.
Know Before You Go:
Open Thursday-Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; Sunday-Wednesday, 10 am-8 pm until September 8, 2013. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for members & children under 12. Additional same-day rounds are half-price and every ticket includes free gallery admission.
Pssst — http://go.minneapolis.org has $4 off passes for the course!
If you are in Minneapolis this summer, don’t miss this once in a life opportunity to combine art & mini-golf.