Minneapolis Sculpture Garden works will get temporary homes during construction

Credit: The Walker Art Center's Cowles Conservatory

The Walker Art Center announced Thursday that several sculptures from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will be relocated to sites around Minneapolis this summer.

The Southwest Journal reported last month that the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is set to get a $10 million redesign due to stormwater and maintenance issues. The Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Gold Medal Park will become temporary homes for some art during construction this summer, while others will be put into storage.

“We are thrilled so many cherished works will remain in the public eye,” said Weisman director Lyndel King in a statement.

The museum will loan Brower Hatcher’s “Prophecy of the Ancients,” Mark di Suvero’s “Molecule” and Tony Cragg’s “Ordovician Pore” to Gold Medal Park.

The MIA will be loaned Jacques Lipchitz’s Prometheus “Strangling the Vulture II.”

Frank Gehry’s “Standing Glass Fish” will be on long-term loan to the Weisman, which Gehry also designed. 

The museum will begin to relocate sculptures beginning in June, while construction is expected to begin later this summer. The loans are renewable each year for up to five years, after which time the loans will be reevaluated.

“It is beyond exciting to be a part of an innovative solution that is built on partnership with a focus on community,” said Wendy Nelson of the Gold Medal Park Conservancy Fund. “The opportunity to keep significant works on view for the public and to celebrate the historic connection between the Walker and the Guthrie with the sculptures again as neighbors — stunning, really. A perfect representation of why our city continues to thrive…”