Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a world class park with world
class attractions in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is more than a garden, it is
a community and area treasure with many aspects of the fine arts on
permanent and traveling displays. Listed below are the major attractions:
- The Sculpture Park
- Gallery Collection
- Garden Trails & Conservatory Collection
- Sculpture Exhibitions
- Children's Garden
- Outdoor Concert Stage
Because this park offers so many attractions, I will just cover
The Sculpture Park in this article. The 30+ acre Sculpture Park is set within
the gardens 125 acre site. It features outdoor sculptures from over 30
reknown artists, including one of the two existing bronzes of DaVinci's Horse
Sculpture. There is room for 80 sculptures to be eventually placed in the
Sculpture Park's variety of natural settings.
Artists represented in the Park include August Rodin, Aristide Maillol, Jacques
Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Mark di Suvero, Magdalena
Abakanowicz, George Rickey, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje can Bruggen, Juan
Munoz, Hanneke Beaumont, Louise Bourgeois, and Mimmo Paladino are
featured. This open air museum has the most comprehensive collection of
outdoor sculptures within the Midwest.
There is a special element of discovery that permeates the park - you
can view the sculpture in and through meadows and trees, valleys and hills
from many different vantage points. The Sculpture Park includes a family
friendly accessible fine arts experience that adults and families can experience
through a variety of tour options: guided tram tours, adult guided walking
tours (special dates and times) and self-guided audio tours.
If you haven't made it to the Meijer Gardens yet, DaVinci's Horse, Il Cavallo
alone is worth the trip. Pictured above, the scale is gigantic. This equestrian
giant weighs 15 tons and is 24 feet tall. What you can't see is the placement,
set in an area between hills so the horse can't be viewed until you wind around
the gentle hills and there in the middle of a plaza sets the most magnificent
bronze equestrian sculpture in North America. The most amazing part is that
the 15th Century horse was only created in clay by Leonardo and destroyed by
the French Army when they invaded Milan, Italy in 1499 before it could be cast.
His blueprints and drawings were closely followed and this
bronze form at an art foundry in New York state. The second casting was shipped
and unveiled in Milan, Italy in Sept, 1999, 500 years to the day after DaVinci
abandoned his project.
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Il Cavallo photo by Bonnie Westbrook,
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