Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Commissioned February 1985 by the Walker Art Center

The sculpture is made of stainless steel and aluminum painted with polyurethane enamel and is a height of 29 ft. 6 in. x 51 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 6 in.
It was gift by Frederick R. Weisman in honor of his parents, William and Mary Weisman. It was installed May 9, 1988 and inaugurated May 11, 1988, in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that is located in front of the Walker Art Center.

A circular pool divided it around four large plazas.

Artists Statement

Oldenburg and Bruggen said that they like to have their art in public areas, but the sculptures reflect both the surroundings and their background. They want them to show through their images and selection of materials, it makes them personal. We wanted the works to feel and be natural.

In their design they used all the approaches that came naturally to make their work come alive. Materials that were similar were used, differences in scale, transformations, or they used a wide range of materials. They wanted it to speak to the public but on their own terms.

They usually got their ideas for what they made while in their studio where they were surrounded by objects, models, notes, and drawings from the recent past and present, stimulated, whenever possible, by recollected observations of a site. They put these together in a way work that with their words and sketches, testing the models could can serve as the starting point to make it into the larger scale.

Through their sculptures, they wanted to communicate with the people a unique artistic images in on their way.


I find this sculpture unique because water comes out of the base of the stem, which allows water to coat the cherry so it shines like a real cherry. I picked this sculpture because the cherry is a fruit I like it is red and sweet, and I love to eat cherry pie. I like how the cherry is sitting on the spoon, it also reminds me of strawberries another things I like to eat. The way they have the cherry on the spoon it looks like you pulled it right out of malt.