What shouts out “Minneapolis” more eloquently than the Spoonbridge and Cherry?
The S & C is, of course, the playful centerpiece of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden run jointly by the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board. Beloved, too–it turns out that photos of the Spoonbridge and Cherry are the Walker’s most requested images.
In honor of this icon, SpyTC offers a few random Spoon & Cherry factoids:
- Designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the Spoonbridge and Cherry was inspired by a spoon resting on a glob of chocolate.
- Made of aluminum and stainless steel, the sculpture stands 30 feet high and 52 feet long.
- The colossal frame for the 5,800-pound spoon and the 1,200-pound cherry was constructed by two New England shipyards.
- The sculpture’s pond is shaped like a linden seed. (Who knew?)
- In 2009, the 9-foot-diameter cherry was removed by crane for its third restoration since its installation in 1988. In a 10-week process likened to restoring the body of a high-end auto, the cherry was blast-cleaned down to its aluminum skeleton and coated in many layers of primer and fairing compound before being repainted with specially commissioned marine-grade paint–black for the stem and, appropriately, “Cherry Red” for the prunus cerasus proper.