Loring Park and the Walker Art Center seamlessly integrate artsy aesthetic with earthy utilitarianism. This is the place for contemporary art in all media, as well as the place for reflecting on and basking in the wealth of nature.
Despite its geographic shortcomings—several major roads bisect the park and the art center—the beauty of the area’s architecture and green space supplant the nearby freeway’s din. The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge (1988) is a crucial element in creating this environment—it crosses 16 lanes of traffic; yet the pedestrian and bicycle span provides a panoramic view of the exquisite surroundings, while linking the park and the works of art. Both institutions are rooted in Minneapolis’s early rise to national prominence.
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