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

Known internationally for its commitment to Contemporary sculpture, Grand Rapids has also attracted and nurtured a significant community of artists working three-dimensionally. There are both those artists who have moved to the community to establish their practice and others who developed as artists in the community yet established their practice elsewhere. This exhibition asks representatives of both traditions to reflect on their experiences with and observations of this community as the conceptual foundation of new work. Cultural, social, environmental and aesthetic reflections on or inspirations from a place some have moved to and others have moved from connect a diverse number of works in a variety of materials, installations and forms. Gathered together, they provide a current framework for a place that for many is almost home.