We would never have discovered the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden also known as the Walker Art Center, had it not been for my youngest son Joel’s curiosity. As we were driving up to Minneapolis, Joel my front seat co-pilot was holding my guidebook staring intently at a photo of the sculpture of the spoon with the cherry that you see here. Joel insisted that we find it and after a little bit of creative sleuthing we figured out where it was located and headed right over. This is a great instance of being spontaneous when you have a little free time (you can read my thoughts on that and road trip planning by clicking here). We were going to head to our hotel and just relax for a bit having nothing on the agenda till dinner, but instead we headed over, and now have some pretty incredible pictures to show for it.
We wandered around the grounds and sure enough found the famous sculpture called “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” and it’s by Claes Oldenberg (look him up, he’s pretty famous). What’s crazy is that it’s pretty enormous and the top of the stem of the cherry actually has little holes in it and it spritzes water in a little shower. We took a bunch of photos and walked around enjoying the rest of the interesting sculptures which made for some fun photography. It was a real treat to engage the kids and find out what they thought the artists had in mind when they created these sculptures. It made for very creative and thought provoking conversation, and the best thing was there was no wrong answer! Seeing that cherry, inspired me as I had no idea where we were going to eat dinner. After seeing it, I immediately looked to see if there was a Perkins nearby and sure enough there was and we headed right over. And you know what I had for dessert???? You guessed it, Cherry Pie!