Frederick Meijer Garden and Scupture Park
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the sculpture park that we visited Thursday:
Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a 132-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids Township, Michigan, in Kent County. Commonly referred to as Meijer Gardens, it has quickly become one of the most significant sculpture experiences in the Midwest and an emerging worldwide cultural destination. In April 2005, The Wall Street Journal wrote that “There’s nothing quite like Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park this side of the Kroller-Muller Museum and Sculpture Park in The Netherlands.”
OK, so that evaluation might be overblown, but still, the Meijer Gardens has tremendous breadth of coverage by major sculptors. And the pieces are good ones, too. For example, the di Suvero, Moore, Snelson, Oldenberg, and Nevelson pieces come close to the best of work by those artists. A few of the sculptor hall of famers are absent, such as David Smith and Alexander Calder.
The landscaping adds an important complementary element. And we had a top-drawer weather day to walk the loops and see the work. Here are some highlights: