Michigan Part 1

I recently spent several days in the Leelanau County of Michigan. I traveled with my friend and travel buddy, Charlotte, who is a sculptor. So on our way north we spent a day in Grand Rapids visiting the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Neither of us had heard of the park and we only found out about it by Googling places of interest in Michigan, so we had no expectations. But, WOW, were we pleased with our visit there!

Frederik Meijer inherited and expanded a chain of stores in the upper mid-west. The stores are a one stop for all, much like Walmart, with groceries, pharmacy, home goods, etc. Even gas stations. He also collected sculpture.

From the garden website: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened in April 1995 after 13 years of planning and fundraising by the West Michigan Horticultural Society. In 1990, Fred and Lena Meijer were asked for their support, and they embraced the concept of a major cultural attraction centering around horticulture and sculpture. The original vision has turned into a top cultural destination in the Midwest region, known internationally for the quality of the art and gardens.

On display are 300 permanent sculptures located both outdoors and in the conservatories. There are also temporary exhibits with work on loan. Charlotte and I strolled through the extensive gardens that spread over 158 beautifully maintained acres that includes lakes, ponds, streams and waterfalls along with specialty gardens such as wetlands, a large Japanese garden, children’s gardens, meadows, flowers, even vegetable gardens. They also have a huge outdoor amphitheater and are in the process of adding more.

And we viewed sculptures by world famous artists! Here are just a few.

Claes Oldenburg on the left and Roxy Paine on the right.
Barbara Hepworth on the left and Louise Nevelson on the right.
Magdalena Aabakanowicz
Andy Goldworthy

Andy Goldworthy’s arch reminded me of a print I made recently, also a stone arch!

Joan Hausrath
Juan Munoz
Nina Akamu

This HUGE bronze horse is 24 feet high. Look for Charlotte for a sense of scale.

We saw many, many more impressive sculptures including ones by Rodin, Degas, Miro, Calder, and Serra. It was a wonderful day! Here is Charlotte getting friendly with Fredrik Meijer and his wife.

Leelanau County, Michigan coming next.

9 thoughts on “Michigan Part 1

  1. chewygrapenuts

    Wow indeed! What a treasure trove. I love that you added your stone arch! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Xoxo B

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    1. JWH Post author

      Betsey, both the gardens and the sculpture park were such a wonderful surprise! I cannot rave enough about our visit there.
      Joan

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  2. Catherine Gillies

    So happy you’re on the move again and sharing your travels with us.

    Cathy

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  3. andyatcoa

    wow

    On Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 2:09 PM Travels with Joan wrote:

    > JWH posted: ” I recently spent several days in the Leelanau County of > Michigan. I traveled with my friend and travel buddy, Charlotte, who is a > sculptor. So on our way north we spent a day in Grand Rapids visiting the > Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Neith” >

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  4. Maryann Cytlak

    Joan. Is your sculpture in the garden. Did you go visit the place where you and Linda worked.

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    1. JWH Post author

      I do not have sculpture in the garden – I only wish! Yes, I visited Leland where we worked and will report on my visit there in Part 3 of my Michigan adventure.

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  5. Vincent and Cheryl McKenna

    Hi. Love your travels with Joan.
    Loved your newer stone arch print. The Art History of Joan, that you posted recently made me cry.

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