Sculptures are being moved. Construction fencing is up. And big changes are afoot. The renovation of the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus is underway. This ambitious project will bring a unified, one-campus feel to this 19-acre expanse of urban green space. Notable changes include a new entry pavilion for the Walker and reconstruction of the 26-year-old Garden, the greening of Hennepin Avenue, and the addition of hundreds of new trees to the Walker hillside and the Garden.
The Walker will remain open during the entire renovation project, with the completion of the new entrance anticipated in November 2016. Nearly all Garden artworks have been placed in storage during construction, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will be closed to the public until June 2017. Other beloved favorites, including works by Frank Gehry, Mark di Suvero, and others, will be accessible to the public through short- and long-term loans to community partners. The Garden will be closed from spring 2016 until its reopening in summer of 2017, when the vision for the 19-acre Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus will be realized. For more information and to sign up for project and schedule updates from our partners at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, click here.