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Meijer Sculpture Park

  • By Marc Garrison

The Meijer Sculpture Park is one of the best cultural destinations in the Midwest. With over 160 acres of a collection that blends beautifully with natural surroundings. A virtual who's who of leading artists including Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Joan Miro and several others. Most of the collection features artists from the modernist era up to leading contemporary works by Roxie Paine and Tom Otterness. 

It's nice to walk the park at a leisurely pace. The total distance is roughly 2 miles. Take some good walking shoes. While you are there be sure to visit the Japanese Garden and the countless indoor and outdoor garden and floral displays.


My favorite sculpture was Women and Bird by Joan Miro.

Courtesy of  the Meijer Garden website

The imaginative nature of Joan Miro’s repertoire is widely admired. Although associated with 20th century Surrealism, his long career was highly individualized. Unlike his paintings and prints, most of Miro’s sculptures began with simple found objects transformed nearly beyond recognition to create another form or figure.

In Woman and Bird for example, the body of the figure derives from an old milk stool and the head from the lid of a can. Shared with his two-dimensional works, his sculptures are frequently brightly painted vibrant colors contributing to the visual energy, even playfulness, of the work.

Hear more about Woman and Bird here.

Joan Miró. Woman and Bird, 1967. Painted bronze, 49 x 18.62 x 16.5 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Joan Miró, Artists Rights Society (ARS)/ADAGP.

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