Repainting set for Mpls. Sculpture Garden cherry

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 21, 2009 - 10:08 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS - There won't be a cherry on top of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden's signature Spoonbridge for the next few weeks.

The one-ton cherry is scheduled to be removed Monday for repainting and overhauling.

The fountain sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen features a giant aluminum spoon holding a cherry. A crane and flatbed truck will maneuver through the sculpture garden to remove the cherry, then take it offsite for refurbishing.

The cherry will receive marine-grade paint to match the original red used when the sculpture was created in the 1980s.

It's the third time Spoonbridge and Cherry has been repainted since its installation in 1988. The last repainting was in 2006.

The cherry should be back in mid-April.

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