University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum branches out with art garden

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 30, 2013 - 9:50 PM

The Chanhassen landmark has received a donation of 23 world-class sculptures.

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optionJul. 31, 13 8:00 AM

Many thanks to the Harrison's for their wonderful gift. What a wonderful way to ensure that generations of visitors will be able to appreciate what sounds to be a fantastic collection. I can't wait to visit the arboretum and experience this addition.

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wallyworldmnJul. 31, 1310:23 AM

Keep in mind that there are members of the Arboretum that are less than thrilled with the cluttering of one of the more visible and beautiful hillside areas in the Arboretum. It was unique and has now been permanently diminished. The Arboretum, by definition, is a preserve for the study of nature and plants with an emphasis on trees. (arbor) It's certainly good to do things to improve accessibility for all to be able to share but adding a permanent cluttering of what some are calling "fine art" is not really in keeping with the purpose of why the Arboretum was created. But the reality of this and other things in life is that money speaks and decisions are often made on that basis and not on whether something really fits the venue. We are a society where money seems to trump all else. The Arboretum is still a unique, beautiful area and a highly enjoyable place to see and study a vast display of nature. Hopefully the University and directors of the operation will also be good future stewards of the charter that granted the lands and mission of the Arboretum.

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justusecnnJul. 31, 1312:58 PM

wallyworldmn, absolutely agree. Everyone can agree on if a plant is a plant, but not everyone agrees on what is classified as "art".

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Diogenes9Jul. 31, 13 1:40 PM

Total agreeance. No art for the Arboratum.

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dorispagelJul. 31, 13 3:26 PM

The gift of sculpture from the Harrison's is extraordinary, however, the choice of sites on the multiple acre Arboretum grounds is unfortunate. As one comes around the corner, expecting to look at the huge, wondrous tree on the left, one now still sees that tree but it is framed by a hodge podge of sculpture. The beauty and serenity has been destroyed. Feng Shui is forgotten. Wouldn't it be nice if this was a pilot setting and the pieces would later be moved up by the barn when that section of road is created.

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sophiashinesAug. 2, 1310:34 AM

i think it ruins the prettiest spot in the arboretum. another commenter called it a "hodge-podge" and i agree. it may be generous but it is also hideous. put them in another location, as the previous comment suggests.

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sophiashinesAug. 2, 1310:37 AM

i think it ruins the prettiest spot in the arboretum. it may be generous, but it is also hideous. another commenter called it a "hodge-podge" and i agree. put them in another location as the previous comment suggests. i have been up there and looked at each piece and individually most of them are very cool, but it is just, as a whole, a complete eyesore.

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sophiashinesAug. 2, 1310:41 AM

i have tried commenting on this twice and neither post has showed up. disappointing.

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