Current Phase: Design
Sculpture Removal: August-September 2015
Construction: May 2016-June 2017
The beloved regional icon will begin a new era next June when it reopens with repaired infrastructure, expanded accessibility and increased sustainability
It will feature improved infrastructure, accessibility and energy efficiency, along with new artwork when it reopens summer 2017
Before the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden reconstruction breaks ground this spring, the existing staff greenhouse and a number of trees need to be removed. The MPRB Forestry Department reviewed the trees slated for removal and determined it does not have the resources to provide the high level of care the trees will require for a successful transplant to other park locations. The MPRB has opened a public bidding process to help find new homes for these assets.
May 2016–June 2017
October 2015-June 2017
April 15, 2015
April 14, 2014
November 18, 2014
August 15, 2014
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April 15, 2015 - Public Hearing Presentation [PDF]
April 14, 2015 - CAC Meeting #5 Presentation [PDF]
February 23, 2015 - CAC Meeting #4 Summary
January 20, 2015 - CAC Meeting #3 Summary
December 12, 2014 - CAC Meeting #2/Open House Summary
December 10, 2014 - CAC Meeting #1 Summary
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After twenty five years and more than eight million visitors, the Sculpture Garden’s failing infrastructure needs to be reconstructed in a sustainable manner to serve visitors now and for generations to come. The project includes repair or replacement of deteriorated and inadequate infrastructure such as irrigation, drainage and stormwater systems, walkways, retaining walls, and other physical assets of the sculpture garden. The project will also result in increased physical accessibility and improved energy efficiency.
The MPRB has received up to $10 million in public funding to reconstruct the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. In May 2014, the Minnesota State Legislature appropriated $8.5 million in state bonding funds to the project and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization has dedicated up to $1.5 million for innovative stormwater management systems in the project.