Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than a half-million visitors annually. The 134-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1750-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois, and Plensa among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Borofsky, Plensa, Calder, and Jim Dine.

Visitor Amenities
  • Free public bathrooms: Yes
  • Free public parking: Yes
  • Handicap accessible: Yes

Artist & Connection Information

This year’s exhibition "Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now" showcases contemporary Japanese ceramic artists. From the functional to the sculptural, approximately twenty carefully selected works that acknowledge tradition but embrace the avant-garde will be on display in the sculpture galleries. Based on a national search and selection process taking place in Japan, this highly unique exhibition is co-curated by the famed Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Timed to coincide with the recent opening of the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Meijer Gardens, the exhibition further celebrates the vibrancy of one of the living cultural traditions of Japan. This exhibition debuts in Grand Rapids then travels to venues in Japan in 2016.