Blogs Field Guide Justin Heideman

Putting the cherry back on the spoon

This morning and early afternoon, the cherry was placed back atop the spoon, once again completing Claes Oldenburg’s Spoonbridge and Cherry. It was a beautiful spring day, and made for great weather to watch the process. We put together some photos of the process on our flickr account. It seemed there were as many cameras […]

This morning and early afternoon, the cherry was placed back atop the spoon, once again completing Claes Oldenburg’s Spoonbridge and Cherry. It was a beautiful spring day, and made for great weather to watch the process.

Crowd watching

Unwrapping

We put together some photos of the process on our flickr account. It seemed there were as many cameras as people in the garden, so if you have photos or short videos on flickr, please add them to our Minneapolis Sculpture Garden flickr group. Here’s a video of the wrapping coming off by waiting line:

[flickrvideo]http://www.flickr.com/photos/waitingline/3491486247/in/pool-minneapolissculpturegarden[/flickrvideo]

We also live-tweeted the process, and there are some photos in our twitpic stream.

The cherry is red again!

The cherry is starting to look like itself again. It has red paint! We’ve posted photos to flickr of the stem and body being painted. Here’s a quick sample: We’ll update again with more details on when it will be reinstalled.

Cherry close to being painted

The cherry is still separated from the Spoonbridge and work is progressing on the refinishing progress. Associate registrar Joe King sent a note and photos of the cherry in progress: We are getting close to being ready to apply the paint! Enclosed are some images of the cherry with a light coating of grey epoxy […]

The cherry is still separated from the Spoonbridge and work is progressing on the refinishing progress. Associate registrar Joe King sent a note and photos of the cherry in progress:

We are getting close to being ready to apply the paint! Enclosed are some images of the cherry with a light coating of grey epoxy primer. Swanson & Youngdale is using a fine-grade sandpaper to remove sanding marks and make the entire surface perfectly smooth. Tomorrow the work will be given a thick coat of epoxy primer.

Cherry Sanding Cherry Sanding



On Monday morning, Joe will inspect the work one more time to make sure it is looking good, and if all is well, the final layers of red paint will be applied.

Update on the cherry refinishing

Work on the cherry is moving along. Associate Registrar Joe King passed along several more photos and had this to say about the progress: Since the last post the fairing compound was completely sanded and the work painted grey, revealing areas that need further contouring, which is what is happening in the photos. The entire […]

Work on the cherry is moving along. Associate Registrar Joe King passed along several more photos and had this to say about the progress:

Since the last post the fairing compound was completely sanded and the work painted grey, revealing areas that need further contouring, which is what is happening in the photos. The entire work will be given another skim coat of fairing compound, be hand sanded and hopefully we will move into the painting phase next week Friday.

More fairing compound and sanding More fairing compound and sanding

The green cherry

Work on the cherry is moving along. After being sandblasted and painted yellow, the cherry got a coat of green fairing compound, a finishing material similar to bondo. According to Joe King: Most of what we see on the surface of the cherry will be sanded off on Monday, leaving the compound only in areas […]

Work on the cherry is moving along. After being sandblasted and painted yellow, the cherry got a coat of green fairing compound, a finishing material similar to bondo.

Adding fairing compound Fairing compound

According to Joe King:

Most of what we see on the surface of the cherry will be sanded off on Monday, leaving the compound only in areas that are slight depressions on the surface. At this point all of the sanding is done by hand with a sanding block, to avoid any tool marks or depressions made from having a power sander in the same location for too long. This is extremely labor intensive, but critical to make the surface pristine.

The stem is coated with the second coat of epoxy primer, gray, which is also under the fairing compound on the cherry. After sanding and filling, the entire work will be coated with another coat of the gray epoxy.

The hand-sanding process is expected to take around two weeks to complete and may not be the most picturesque. We’ll keep you posted with progress updates.

First steps refinishing the Cherry

Joe King, Walker Associate Registrar, has been busy overseeing the refinishing process of the cherry. He sent me two pictures from Hugo, MN, where the cherry is being refinished. Here, the cherry has been placed in a huge sandblasting chamber and the original surface has been carefully blasted away. The cherry appears gray due to […]

Joe King, Walker Associate Registrar, has been busy overseeing the refinishing process of the cherry. He sent me two pictures from Hugo, MN, where the cherry is being refinished.

Removing the original surface
Here, the cherry has been placed in a huge sandblasting chamber and the original surface has been carefully blasted away. The cherry appears gray due to the sand residue left on the surface.

First coat of epoxy primer
In this shot, the cherry has been cleaned and received it’s first coat of epoxy-based primer.

The next step will be to be to get another coat of grey epoxy primer, followed by a green fairing compound (similar to bondo), followed by even more layers of primer, paint, and clear-coat. We’ll be sharing some more details as the process happens.

Removing the cherry

This afternoon a handful of people gathered to watch the dislocation and removal of the Cherry from the Spoonbridge. Walker Photographer Cameron Wittig was there to capture the process, and we’ve uploaded a selection of the shots to Flickr. If you were part of that crowd, be sure to add your photos to the Minneapolis […]

The Cherry is going on vacation

Next week the Cherry, normally found on top of the Spoonbridge in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, is going on winter vacation. Hot summer sun and 18 hours of water per day take a toll on the sculpture, so the Cherry will be heading to an offsite location to have it’s surfaces recoated and it’s rust […]

Next week the Cherry, normally found on top of the Spoonbridge in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, is going on winter vacation. Hot summer sun and 18 hours of water per day take a toll on the sculpture, so the Cherry will be heading to an offsite location to have it’s surfaces recoated and it’s rust protection updated. The Spoonbridge and Cherry was last repainted in place in 2006, it now requires a more thorough overhaul. Once work is done, the Cherry will be put back atop the Spoonbridge in mid-April.

Associate Registrar Joe King, who oversees all maintenance of sculptures in the garden, has promised to post some details about the refurbishment later this week. After the removal, we’ll also post some video and photos.

Take our blog survey, win an iPod Shuffle

Every so often we like to take a survey of our readers to see what you think. Our last survey was in March of 2007, so it’s time for a new one. The questions are focused on the blogs and a little demographic information, which you can skip if you like. We’re sweetening the deal […]

Every so often we like to take a survey of our readers to see what you think. Our last survey was in March of 2007, so it’s time for a new one. The questions are focused on the blogs and a little demographic information, which you can skip if you like.

We’re sweetening the deal this time. If you take the survey, you can enter your name into the pool and we’ll select one person to win a 1GB iPod Shuffle.

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Photo by bluetsunami.

Rock the Garden Flickr Pool!

Now that everyone has hopefully recovered from Rock the Garden, it is no doubt time to upload all the photos from the show to your favorite photo management application. For many of us, that means Flickr. If you are a flickr user and you have photos from Rock the Garden or just your visits to […]

Now that everyone has hopefully recovered from Rock the Garden, it is no doubt time to upload all the photos from the show to your favorite photo management application. For many of us, that means Flickr. If you are a flickr user and you have photos from Rock the Garden or just your visits to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, please join the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Flickr group and drop your photos in the group pool! Whether you have photos of standing in line waiting for a polish sausage (which got pretty tiring), families rocking out on the hillside, or anything else, put it in the pool.

Here are some of the shots already on Flickr:

Walker Art Center - Rock the Garden 2008 Two Bikers Going to Rock the Garden Long lines Walker's Rock The Garden Crowd at Walker's Rock The Garden Shading the sun. Walker's Rock The Garden One Of The Walker's Artist Designed Mini-Golf Sculptures Van Halen Rock the Garden Port-a-John untitled

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