Minneapolis, Minnesota: Spoonbridge and Cherry

A giant, bent spoon holding a giant cherry, displayed over a pond. Public art of everyday objects made giant, and hence more meaningful and important, by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Southwest side of downtown. On the west side of Hennepin Ave., between Dunwoody Blvd and Vineland Place, and a block north of the Walker Art Center.
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Spoonbridge and Cherry.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Along with the Spoonbridge and Cherry, there are a ton of other cool sculptures, so plan to spend some time in the park!

[Rena, 04/16/2018]

Spoon and Cherry.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

The cherry stem at the top of the sculpture sprays water. You can see it a little bit.

[Ashley Craig, 09/25/2012]

Not unexpected in a whimsical Claes Oldenburg sculpture. Looks like the Cherry is smearing down and discoloring the Spoonbridge. Blame iron-rich Minnesota?

Big spoon and cherry.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

A spoonful!!

[Cameron Moreland, 02/12/2011]

Artist Oldenburg had originally planned to create a Viking ship, but decided instead to make a giant spoon when he visited a General Mills plant in Minnesota and saw an image of Betty Crocker. Some say that the spoon reminds them of Lake Michigan, kind of. The sculpture was unveiled in 1988.

Spoon and Cherry sculpture.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Surely this qualifies as the world's largest spoon? Or the world's largest spoon with a cherry? Or the world's largest spoon with a cherry that sprays water from its stem?

It's called "Spoonbridge and Cherry" and is yet another work by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have installed lots of other big things. This one's at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the Walker Art Center. A trip inside the Walker Art Center will set you back ten bucks (and is well worth it, too) but viewing the spoon, along with 40+ other sculptures, is free.

[Dean Jeffrey, 01/14/2009]

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