Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction

The iconic Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is being rebuilt with a stormwater reuse system and sustainable, eco-friendly landscape features.


The sculpture garden's green makeover will include a variety of stormwater improvements. (Image courtesy oslund.and.assoc)

A panoramic view of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden prior to reconstruction in June 2015.

A panoramic view of construction in October 2016. Note the cistern at far right.

Project partners at the groundbreaking ceremony on May 10, 2016.

The new, environmentally friendly design for the sculpture garden. (Image courtesy oslund.and.assoc)

Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Capital Project Grant

Status: Active

Timeline: 2016-2017

MWMO Funding: $1.5 million

Partners: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Walker Art Center

Staff Contact:
Marcy Bean, PLA
Capital Projects and Stewardship Specialist
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One of Minnesota’s most iconic places, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is set for a major reconstruction in 2016. The 11-acre site’s failing infrastructure is being replaced with sustainable, eco-friendly landscape features that will improve the aesthetics, accessibility and long-term stability of the garden.

A new water reuse system, centered around an 80,000-gallon underground cistern (located near the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture), will irrigate the site and keep an estimated 4.7 million gallons of runoff out of the stormsewers each year. The garden’s north end will feature a “fresh meadow” filled with deep-rooted native plants that help absorb runoff, while engineered soils throughout the site will improve drainage and stability.

In addition to improving the longevity of one of Minnesota’s most-visited destinations, the project will partially restore the area’s natural hydrology.