I recently had the privilege of travelling on business to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The real purpose of our trip was to visit the manufacturing facility of a quartz countertop supplier, which I will talk about in another post very soon.
I confess I had no idea of the half of the architectural gems and high calibre of public art that existed in the Minneapolis area. Did you know they had a genuine Frank Gehry-designed art mueum?
Its called the Weisman Art Museum and was one of Gehry's earlier works when computer aided design was not so advanced as it is today - yet the complexity of the design is not compromised. http://www.weisman.umn.edu/
Then there is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, located just outside of the downtown core. The Garden managed by the Walker Art Centre just across the street, which in itself is a fabulous experience: http://www.walkerart.org/
The Sculpture Garden http://garden.walkerart.org/index.wac contains a wide variety of sculpture and is presented in a way which allows the visitor to experience the art in outdoor 'rooms' which are sectioned off by very tall hedges. The changing angles of the sunlight and cloud allow you to experience the sculpture under constantly varying light conditions, changing your perception of the pieces.
Below left: Gehry Fish, Below right: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen
Artists represented in the garden include Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, David Nash, Mark di Suvero, Marino Marini, Giacomo Manzu, Frank Gehry, and Alexander Calder to name a few. That's me on the kinetic sculpture below!
Below Left: Mark Di Suvero, Below Right: Alexander Calder
On top of all this cultural exposure we also enjoyed a visit to a to-the-trade design centre called International Market Square. http://www.imsdesigncenter.com/
It is a one-stop shop for sourcing all things interior and the centre itselef is created from reclaimed warehouses with an expansive central atrium, making it easy to source in any weather.
It was a privilege to enjoy the creativity in art and architecture that the area offers! Next time you are in Minneapolis, get yourself to the galleries and be inspired!
Kevin Gray is a residential interiors specialist, who has more than 20 years experience in the interior and architectural design industry.