Gold Medal Park welcomes Minneapolis Sculpture Garden works

"Prophecy of the Ancients" (1988) by Brower Hatcher Credit: Photo by Donner Humenberger

Three works from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden now call Gold Medal Park home.

The park in Downtown East welcomed the sculptures as the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board prepare to begin reconstruction of the sculpture garden and Cowles Conservatory next spring. The museum is storing most of the more than 40 pieces from the sculpture garden, but it is relocating several on short- and long-term loans to sites around Minneapolis, such as the Weisman Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Walker moved “Prophecy of the Ancients” (1988) by Brower Hatcher, “Molecule” (1977-83) by Mark di Suvero and “Ordovician Pore” (1989) by Tony Cragg to Gold Medal Park by Sept. 18. 

The $10 million reconstruction of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, whose land is owned by the Park Board, will overhaul the Cowles Conservatory, add meadows and better stormwater management and bring in a new building for public restrooms, garden orientation and Park Board operations. 

The sculpture garden will remain open through the winter. The Walker is planning a grand reopening in the summer of 2017.

“These wonderful sculptures from the Walker Art Center add immensely to the personal experience surrounding Gold Medal Park,” said Bill McGuire of the Gold Medal Park Conservancy in a statement. “The park remains a beautiful and restive green space available to everyone, while offering new dimensions through interaction with great pieces of outdoor art.”