Walking through the Walker

Sloane Nilsen, culture editor

Bored of watching “Toddlers in Tiaras” or the “Antiques Road Show” at home? Me too. If you are ever bored, try going exploring! For example, go see the neat museums scattered close to Edina. For those of you who are unaware, the Twin Cities are home to several art museums, which house thousands of paintings, modern art, and sculptures. In fact, the Walker Art Center located in Minneapolis, provides the largest sculpture garden in… Minnesota. Venture through the Walker Art Center with me as I give an overview of the museum’s most famous attractions and exhibits.

As I walk down the gravel path through the beginning of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, I can’t help but feel like I’m at Hogwarts. Tall hedges line either side and people stroll by, like students walking between classes. In the middle of the Sculpture Garden lies the humungous silver spoon balancing a shiny cherry at its tip. Senior Will Freeman, who works on the Teen Art Council at the Walker, stated, “My favorite part of the Sculpture Garden is the Spoonbridge and Cherry – for climbing of course.” Behind the spoon, you get a great view of the Cathedral of St. Paul. A sea of geese lies around the area, and several hooligans disrupt them by running through their flock.

Other sculptures you can find is a huge bronze swing, several black blocks, and several rock sculptures.

Currently, the Walker is hosting a gallery called “A Midnight Party” which reveals a child’s mixed and complicated dreams through portraits, films, and other forms of modern art. In this gallery you can find a single door, a devil-like figure doing somersaults on three TVs in a white room, and a doppelganger doll.

Moving through the other galleries, I found animal tribal masks and a gallery called “The Parade,” which is only staying for a limited time. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, although I will confess that I jumped when I walked into the room “for the mature.”

The good news about the Walker is that it is free for ages 18 and under. The Sculpture Garden is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, and the actual museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Walker is closed on Mondays. To get to the Walker from Edina, take 62 East to 35W North. As you near the cities, take I-94 East and the Exit 231A. Go south until you reach the Hennepin/Lyndale exit, the location of the Walker.

For more information, go check the Walker out for yourself. New exhibits appear frequently, and you never know what you might find. (Trust me…)