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Loring Park & the Walker Art Center Professional Review and Guide
"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; the Walker Art Center takes its name from a local lumberman turned art collector and philanthropist, Thomas Walker. His original museum was constructed near the present-day site in 1927, but it was replaced with the much larger modernist structure by Edward Barnes Larrabee in 1971. Then in 2005, the Walker expanded again—this time, noted Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron added 130,000 square feet along Hennepin Ave."
--Holly Day, Sherman Wick, Walking Twin Cities (Wilderness Press).
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