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Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture

Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture

In February 2009, a Twin Cities landmark —the 1,200-lb. cherry from Coosje van Bruggen’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture” —was removed from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to undergo paint restoration. Although the cherry had been repainted three times in its 20 years, Walker Art Center representatives expressed concern over the condition of its coatings. Our NACE Certified coating inspector, Tim Williams, performed a failure analysis, wrote the specification for the cherry’s repair, and monitored each phase of the cleaning and coating application process.


Oldenburg, Claes and Coosje van Bruggen
Spoonbridge and Cherry 1985-1988
aluminum, stainless steel, paint
Gift of Frederick R. Weisman in honor of his parents, William and Mary Weisman, 1988
© Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen