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Math Challenges in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


Abbie Anderson


April 6, 2009

Institution Walker Art Center

This Art Collector Set presents math challenges based on four artworks in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It is designed for 9–12 grade mathematics students and can be done on site in the Garden or in the classroom. To complete the five challenges, students will need to have pencils, paper, clipboards, calculators, a spoon (a plastic spoon or even a life-size image will suffice), and a measuring tape.

The challenges include:

1. Compare an ordinary spoon to Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

2. Compare Standing Glass Fish by Frank Gehry with a common carp.

3. Explore the geometry of Amaryllis by Tony Smith.

4. Estimate units in X with Columns by Sol LeWitt.

5. The final challenge will be for students to select a work in the Garden and devise a math challenge based on that sculpture.

In addition to the math challenges, this Set includes two model-making activites with handouts. These activities require additional materials:scissors, adhesive tape, a stapler, colored pencils and markers, and plastic bags cut in strips.

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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: 9-12
Instructional Method: Interdisciplinary
Added to Site: April 6, 2009