This Set tells the story of Spoonbridge and Cherry, the centerpiece of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and iconic symbol for the city of Minneapolis. Use this presentation before or after a visit to the Garden to enrich your experience. This resource is designed to engage students in seeing, thinking, and conversing about works of art. This telling of the sculpture's story is divided into three sections.
SECTION 1: AN IDEA TAKES SHAPE AND TAKES HOLD
Where did the ideas for this sculpture come from? How did collaboration influence the artists' process? How did the idea become reality?
SECTION 2: ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND ABOUT THE ARTWORK
How does Spoonbridge and Cherry compare to other work by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen? What were the artists trying to suggest by perching a huge cherry atop an exaggerated spoon?
SECTION 3: REFURBISHING THE CHERRY
In this chapter, we take a look 'under the hood.' What's that thing made of, anyhow? What does it take for the Walker Art Center to conserve a public sculpture such as this?
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