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.