While one quadrant of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was abuzz this past Thursday with the opening night of Walker on the Green an artist-designed mini golf course, another corner found folks gathered under Foraging Circle a recently commissioned artwork by artist Fritz Haeg who was also on site for a meet and greet.
Foraging Circle is a garden of perennials with domestic uses, from fruit trees to medicinal herbs, and within it a geodesic dome that serves as a place to converse and relax. Developed in concert with the residency project Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City, this permanent garden space will serve as a headquarters for upcoming public programs and events related to urban agriculture, foraging, horticulture, and food production throughout the summer. While not officially open to the public until June 1st when it debuts at Free First Saturday, there was a small preview party for project interns, Walker staff, artists and members of the local gardening community.
The quintessential host, Fritz provided a warm welcome with his delicious homemade spelt bread, topped with locally-sourced jams and honey.
While basking in the warm evening sun we listened as Fritz spoke about the project and the plants lining Foraging Circle.
Caught in a cross-over moment with (from left to right) Walker’s Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice, Sarah Schultz, Jeffrey Sugarman, and artist David Lefkowitz co-creator of the Walker on the Green mini-golf hole, 18 Holes in One: Collapsing the Masters Narrative.
Fritz showing the Schoenherr family the new design plan for their front yard in preparation for the installation of Edible Estate #15.