Repainted cherry returns May 1 to Sculpture Garden

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April 27, 2009 // UPDATED 1:35 pm - April 29, 2009
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

“Spoonbridge and Cherry” spent 10 weeks apart

LOWRY HILL — The cherry that topped Minneapolis’ most recognizable piece of public art will return freshly painted May 1 to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

The cherry atop “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” the sculpture garden’s centerpiece, was removed February 23 and transported to Hugo, Minn., where it was given a fresh coat of paint. After nearly 10 weeks of restoration, the cherry will be reunited with the spoon sometime just before noon May 1, the Walker Art Center reported.

Designed by husband-and-wife team Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, “Spoonbridge and Cherry” was installed in the garden in 1988. Since then, the cherry has been repainted three times, most recently in 2006.

This was the first time the 1,200-pound steel orb was removed and completely stripped of paint. It was then covered in six coats of protective undercoating, two coats of black and red marine-grade paint and a final clear coat to protect the paint from ultraviolet rays, the Walker reported.

Walker staff members followed the process on the museum’s blog: www.walkerart.org.