During the August Free First Saturday program (August 5), Yoga instructor Jessica Rosenberg will lead an interactive movement tour through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Its not only visitors bodies that move in the garden, look closely and you’ll find some sculptures that are pretty active themselves.
A favorite for kids is Mark di Suvero’s massive Arikidea. For more than three decades di Suvero has been creating large-scale metal sculptures, often with moving parts made from balanced steel girders. Many of his sculptures invite viewers to swing on a suspended seat, flatbed, or tire. Arikidea is a sculpture you can stand under, sit on, or walk around. When you sit and swing on the wooden seat, three tons of balanced steel gently sways on cables.
Di Suvero admires a spider’s ability to build a web in space. The name of this sculpture is closely related to the Greek word for spider, arachnid. Next time you’re in the garden with a young friend, ask them:
How is this sculpture like a spider?
How are the wood swing and steel girders connected?
Which parts move?
How do you think this sculpture would look different in the winter?