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Photobombing the Spoon and Cherry


Todd Balthazor


February 12, 2013

Institution ArtsConnectEd

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. This Art Collector Set is one from a series of “Garden Anniversary Sets” created to celebrate the Garden from a variety of perspectives.

ABOUT THE SET'S CREATOR: Todd Balthazor is a satirical, often anthropomorphic illustrator, fine artist, muralist and children’s art instructor from St.Paul, MN, with a BFA in illustration from the College of Visual Arts (CVA). Balthazor also works as a guard at the Walker Art Center and draws on those experiences to create his biweekly comic strip for, It Is What It Is!.

ABOUT THE SET: For this Art Collector Set, Balthazor uses It Is What It Is! as a viewfinder for looking at the Garden’s big spoon and cherry (Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen). Anyone lingering around this iconic "photo op" of a sculpture is bound to see visitors posing and taking pictures. This Set offers a virtual tour of people interacting with and enjoying the big spoon and cherry.

(Click here to see more comics from Balthazor's It Is What It Is! series.)


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Type: Other
Grades: 4-Adult
Instructional Method: Thematic Approach
Added to Site: February 12, 2013