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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Meijer Gardens played host to a number of pieces in Art Prize, which initially drew us there, but we ended up deciding to spend the whole day. I hadn't been in over ten years (more than enough time to forget about everything but the enormous horse), and I enjoyed the opportunity to see it with grown up eyes.

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

I suspect my companions got more out of the visit than I did -- I've never claimed to be an art buff, and I didn't recognize most of the names we saw on sculpture tags -- but I still enjoyed myself. A sculpture park is such a different experience than a gallery. In many ways, I prefer it. The experience is more immersive and the art interacts with its surroundings in ways it can't indoors. Each season brings a different setting, and because you can come at the pieces from so many angles, both up-close and at a distance, it allows for a new understanding and appreciation of what you're looking at. The landscaping is extraordinary, too.

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

I love how the sculpture in the background of this one matches the color of the turning leaves on the tree next to it!

And of course no visit to the gardens would be complete without staring for a while at the American Horse, a collection of three identical sculptures based off of designs by Leonardo Da Vinci. Each one is to scale, though -- one the size of the model horses I used to play with, one the size of a real horse, and the third over twenty feet tall!

The American Horse
The American Horse
The American Horse
The American Horse

I would also be remiss if I didn't highlight the cafe. I don't have too much to say about it, except that the food was delicious, fresh, fast, affordable, and (for the most part) unique. I highly recommend a visit. I'm confident we aren't the only family who spent more than enough time in the gardens to want a snack, although picnics are also a great idea here.

Meijer Gardens Cafe
Meijer Gardens Cafe
Meijer Gardens Cafe

If you ever have a chance to visit the gardens, go for it! I promise you won't regret it. Admission is $12 for adults, with varying discounts for kids, students, and seniors. The Art Prize exhibit, when in season, is free. I can highly recommend the cafe, and the children's garden has dozens of interesting, educational exhibits for little ones to learn and enjoy.

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