Minneapolis' Public Art and Public Parks

Minneapolis' Public Art and Public Parks

City Tour, 9 and 20 mile loops

 Stephanie Rogers, the route curator, is an artist herself.

Stephanie Rogers, the route curator, is an artist herself.

Overview

Bike along some of Minneapolis' most popular scenic routes with plenty of stops for public art of all kinds along the way. 

Map & Logistics

 Click on map to download printable PDF

Click on map to download printable PDF

paper map

VOICE NAVIGATION APP

Download the RideWithGPS app to experience this route with voice navigation.

 

bikes

BIKE SHARE

Nice Ride $6 daily

RENTALS

  • Minneapolis by Bike - $40 daily for hybrids, kids, trail-a-bikes and trailers
  • Freewheels - $38+ daily for hybrid, road and tandem bikes and trailers
  • Calhoun Cycle - $45 daily for a Brompton folding bike includes lights, fenders, bag (optional), lock (optional), and 1 helmet.

Transit Connections

Metro Transit (System Map) - 100% of buses and trains have racks that are accessible at all hours. $1.75-2.25

  • Start / End of route - take Red, Green or Blue lines to the Nicollet Mall station and bike 10 minutes to Walker Art Center.

What to bring?

Cash for a couple food / drink rest stops and peeled eyes to spot public art along the way.

Highlights

A. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden  725 Vineland Pl | www.walkerart.org | 612-375-7600

There's so much more to the sculpture garden than "Spoon Bridge and Cherry," but that's here too. Plan to spend some time - there's a lot to see!

B. Rockman by Tom Otterness and Martha Schwartz  S 4th St and 3rd Ave S

Tom Otterness's cartoonish characters are often a candy-coating for pointed political depictions of our society. In "Rockman," the internationally-known sculpture collaborated with landscape designer Martha Schwartz. The miniature trees and round mounds brilliantly play with one's sense of scale, while the characters and log benches allude to Minnesota's timber and taconite mining industries.

C. Gold Medal Park  Second Street and 11th Avenue South | www.nps.gov | 612-904-5607

The top of the spiral has benches and shade, and a nice view. It's a popular spot for group rides to meet up. If you don't mind the hill, ride on up, take a seat, and enjoy the view.  

D. Martin Olav Sabo Bridge  Hiawatha Trail and Midtown Greenway

After climbing up the hill that is the Martin Olav Sabo memorial bridge, reward yourself with a nice view of the Minneapolis skyline. You haven't really biked in Minneapolis until you've stood on top of the bridge and taken a photo of your bike in front of that skyline to prove it. 

E. Taoyateduta/Little Crow Mask by Ed Archie Noisecat  Minnehaha Falls

While you enjoy the beautiful view that is Minnehaha Falls, don't miss the sculptural mask of Dakota chief Little Crow. Fun fact: Minnehaha Falls is a redundant name, because Minnehaha is derived from the Dakota word for waterfall.

Extras

1. Untitled by Jim Hodges

aka the shiny boulders

2. Sky Pesher by James Turrell

 Grab an Izzy's scoop and head to the top of Gold Medal Park's spiral.

Grab an Izzy's scoop and head to the top of Gold Medal Park's spiral.

The sculpture garden is great, but don't miss out on the sculptures across the street on the Walker's lawn! Sky Pesher (2005) is a gem hiding in plain sight. It looks like HVAC from the outside, but inside is a lovely sky space by California Light and Space artist James Turrell.

3. Izzy's Ice Cream  1100 S 2nd St | izzysicecream.com | 612-206-3356

Tucked into a quiet corner in the Mill City area, just across from Gold Medal Park, you will find Izy’s Ice Cream kitchen and scoop shop. Every single and double scoop comes with an “Izzy Scoop” perched on top of your cone or a cup-a trademarked 3/4 size scoop of another ice-cream of your choice. Yum! Su-Th 12-10pm / Fr-Sa 12-10:30pm

4. Serval Mural by Broken Crow  Hiawatha Bike Trail

Servals race the light rail trains in this mural by local group Broken Crow.

 Broken Crow's Serval Mural alongside the light rail and Hiawatha Trail.

Broken Crow's Serval Mural alongside the light rail and Hiawatha Trail.

 AIOIC Mural on the Hiawatha Bike Tril

AIOIC Mural on the Hiawatha Bike Tril

5. AIOIC Mural  Hiawatha Bike Trail

Buffalo and traditional patterns merge in this mural that adorns the back of the AIOIC building was a collaboration between AIOIC, the Native American Community Development Institute, the University of Minnesota, and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. 

 Megan Moore's Utility Boxes are scattered around Minneapolis

Megan Moore's Utility Boxes are scattered around Minneapolis

5. UTILITY BOX by Megan Moore  Midtown Greenway

Many neighborhoods in Minneapolis are beautifying their surroundings by hiring artists to re-decorate the standard green utility boxes that dot the city. The ones by local artist Megan Moore along the east end of the Greenway are the prettiest in the city. Keep your eyes peeled, because there are several!

6. Shoes & Benches by Greg Ingraham and Teri Kwant  Midtown Greenway

The benches along the Greenway were designed by artists Greg Ingraham and Teri Kwant, as were the bronze shoes that rest on top of them.

7. Sea Salt Eatery  4825 Minnehaha Ave | www.seasalteatery.com | 612-721-8990

Sea Salt is open April through October. It's a local favorite and South Minneapolis tradition. 7 days 11am-8pm

8. Cottontail on the Trail (Minnehaha Bunny) by Jeff Barber  Minnehaha Creek Trail

This larger-than-life bunny is both a landmarker and an icon along the Minnehaha Parkway.

9. Blue Ox Coffee  3740 Chicago Ave S | www.blueoxcoffeecompany.com | 612-825-6650

Blue Ox makes serious pour over, and if you get there early enough, they might still have some Donuts from The Baker's Wife, the best bakery in Minneapolis. M-F 7am-7pm / Sa-Su 8am-5pm

 Wish Well by Mike Hoyt

Wish Well by Mike Hoyt

10. Wish Well by Mike Hoyt3501 Chicago Ave S | ArtsonChicago.org | 612-825-0459

Powderhorn and surrounding neighborhoods in South Minneapolis are a hot-bed of socially engaged art. "Wish Well" exemplifies that work. Read neighbors wishes for the area while you enjoy some shade outside of Pillsbury House + Theatre.   

 Freewheel Bike MIdtown Bike Center

Freewheel Bike MIdtown Bike Center

11. Freewheel Midtown Bike Center  Midtown Greenway at Chicago | www.freewheelbikecenter.com | 612-238-4447

Bathroom, water bottle filling, cafe and full service bike shop! M-F 7am-7pm / Sa-Su 9am-5pm