Minneapolis is a large modern city and the capital of Minnesota, United States.
Even in this dynamic Metropolis, I felt good and comfortable during our visit. Needless to say, that Minneapolis is a popular tourist destination.
The Minneapolis and St. Paul are Twin Cities and full of unique things to do and see.
The Minneapolis skyline looks so impressive. It has 190 completed high-rise buildings and 39 of them taller than 300 feet (91 m). The highest building in Minneapolis is the 57-story IDS Center (241 m), designed by architect Philip Johnson. Another two tallest buildings are the Capella Tower (236 m) and the Wells Fargo Center (236 m).
The city offers beautiful parks, amazing nature and zoo. Also, Minneapolis is an art city and center of folk, funk music, museums, ballet and theatres.
Some cities have a recognisable symbol: Eifel Tower — Paris, Colosseum — Rome, Big Ben — London, Red Square — Moscow and etc. Minneapolis is assosiated with Mall of America and Big Spoon with Cherry monument.
My favorite parts were to see iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry and Standing Glass Fish sculpture wich are locaed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Open from 6 am to 12 midnight every day.
Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a delightful city park with contemporary artwork from the Walker Art Center’s collections, including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture fountain designed by couple Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. This fun sculpture was funded by a $500,000 donation from art collector Frederick R. Weisman and is permanently established in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in 1988 for the opening of Sculpture Garden.
The sculpture is built from stainless steel and aluminum and coated with polyurethane enamel.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the United States and is a home for 40 permanent contemporary art installations.
Since opening in 1988, the Garden has welcomed millions of visitors and this is must-see park.
Standing Glass Fish
Another stunning sculpture is a Standing Glass Fish, created by Frank Gehry.
First, the sculpture was part of the exhibition at the Walker Art Center and two years later was moved to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where anyone can admire that extraordinary piece of art.
The inspiration began from Frank Gehry childhood, when his grandmother purchased fish from the market to make a gefilte fish, that is traditionally served at Passover and other Jewish holidays.
The large carps would float in the bathtub, and little Frank would sit near the bathtub and watched them swimming until the time to cook them. Later, the image of these carps was transformed into an amazing sculpture.
Frank Owen Gehry is a Canadian-American architect and designer.
Gehry was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Jewish parents: Polish immigrant Sadie Thelma and Irving Goldberg, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian parents.
Of course, his parents introduced him to the world of art, but it was his grandmother, Leah Caplan, who supported and encouraged Frank’s creativity. They sat for hours on the floor of her husband’s hardware store and building imaginary houses and futuristic cities out of scraps of wood.
When Frank became an architect, a number of his buildings had come to be world must-see attractions: contemporary, unique and stunning architecture.
Gehry’s best-known works include:
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, United States
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, United States
Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, United States
Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic
8 Spruce Street, New York City, United States
Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain
Gehry Golden Fish, Barcelona , Spain
Frank Gehry designed around 80 buildings around the word and there more still in the progress.
His work is absolutly stunning !
I admire it !
Hope you enjoyed the art!
Note: all photos from royalty free sites. Mine not that great.