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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden greenhouse, select trees up for bid

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 […]

Project update presented to MPRB Board of Commissioners

On Feb. 3 an update on the project [PDF] was presented to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners. Construction will begin in May 2016 and is expected to wrap up by June 2017.

Cowles Conservatory closed beginning October 23, 2015

In preparation for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction project, the Cowles Conservatory will be closed beginning Friday, October 23, 2015. The sculpture Standing Fish will be removed for relocation at this time. As originally planned, the building will remain closed through the winter and through construction. Construction of the project is planned to start early […]

Sculpture to be removed beginning August 3, 2015

There has been a schedule update with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction project. In preparation for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction project, the majority of the sculptures will be removed from the garden beginning Monday, August 3, 2015. Among the few to remain in place throughout construction will be Spoonbridge and Cherry. Construction of the […]

Updated Schedule

The bidding and construction schedule for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction project has changed.  Please click the Timeline tab for more information.

Conceptual Design Approval

At the May 6, 2015, MPRB Board Meeting, the CAC-approved conceptual design [PDF] for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Cowles Conservatory Reconstruction was approved. 

Public Hearing and MPRB Planning Committee Approval

At the April 15, 2015, MPRB Planning Committee meeting, the CAC-approved conceptual design [PDF] for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Cowles Conservatory Reconstruction was presented and a public hearing was held. After questions from the MPRB Planning Committee were answered by MPRB planning staff, project partners, and CAC members, the MPRB Planning Committee passed the resolution to […]

CAC Meeting #5 Summary

The 5th Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting was held Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 6:30 pm in the Crosby Room at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss potential uses and design solutions for the Cowles Conservatory building. At the public meeting, the Community Advisory Committee members […]

Rescheduled Public Hearing Date

A public hearing regarding the proposed Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction (726 Vineland Place, Mpls, 55403) is planned for 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North, Minneapolis. View Meeting Details

CAC recommends Refined Schematic Design

At the February 23, 2015 public meeting, the Community Advisory Committee members recommended the Refined Schematic Design [PDF] for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, not including the renovation of the Cowles Conservatory, as presented by the design team led by Thomas Oslund and Associates.