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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


Siah Armajani
Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge 1988
steel, wood, paint, concrete, brass
Length: 379 feet

A bridge that's a work of art

Walker Art Center commissioned local artist Siah Armajani to design the 379-foot Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, which connects the garden with Loring Park and downtown Minneapolis. He used three forms of American bridges in his design. Click here to view a video or read the text about three forms of American bridges (video requires Quicktime). Can you see the suspension bridge form? The arch? The long horizontal trestle? The two arches seem to meet in the middle and shake hands.

Armajani says he was inspired by Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, when he designed the bridge to be blue and yellow. As you cross the bridge you can read a specially commissioned poem by John Ashbery. The bridge offers us many places for a bird's eye view of the garden. If you'd like to hear John Ashbery read his poem, click here. To read the poem, click here.


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