To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Walker Art Center created a fresh round of artist-designed mini golf that is opening tomorrow and running through Sep. 8th. Garden gnomes masquerading as foosball strikers, a scale model of a French chateau, mazes, gopher holes, and contours mapped from the course at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club are just a few ingredients going into the 2013 edition course. And purists, worry not: at least one hole includes a kitschy, oversize watering can. For the two eight-hole courses, winning proposals from a group that included architects, artists, engineers, machinists, and mini-golf aficionados were selected in January from an open call. Two more holes were designed and made by students from a public sculpture class at the University of Minnesota, led by artist Chris Larson.
Also, new this year, you can stop by to enjoy the newest “pup” in town at the Dog House, a food truck featuring a selection of hot dogs on soft pretzel buns. If you’re in the mood for cool and refreshing, try a Talenti gelato pop or a cold Summit beer. Again the course opens tomorrow and is running through Sep. 8th. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for students, and $9 for Walker members and children ages 12 and under. The course is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 am-10 pm and Sunday-Wednesday from 10 am-8 pm. See you there.
"Artist-Designed Mini Golf" Walker Art Center Credit: Walker Art Center
"Mini Golf at the Walker, 2004" Credit: Walker Art Center