The indoor sculpture gallery of the Meijer Gardens reopens with a new exhibition


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Guests of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park will finally be able to stroll through the indoor sculpture gallery again.

It reopens on Friday with even more to see after undergoing renovations for more than a year.

“It’s a big opening for us,” said Jochen Wierich, assistant curator at Meijer Gardens.

The gallery reopens with additional space and improved floors and lighting. Along with the upgrades, there’s also a new exhibit called Planets in My Head.

It includes at least two decades of sculptures, paintings and photographs produced by Yinka Shonibare. He is a British-Nigerian artist who combines different cultural elements with fashion and nature that spark conversations about global issues.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park features Food Man, a sculpture by Yinka Shonibare.

“It’s probably one of the greatest shows he’s ever had in the United States,” Wierich said. “If you like sculpture, if you like gardens, this show really does a wonderful job of bringing those elements together.”

There are a few sculptures that have yet to be released to the public, including the Food Man sculpture. It is a sculpture specifically dedicated to the state of Michigan.

“They were interested in the Meijer gardens and also in the region. When we shared with them the idea that we have been a food culture region here in West Michigan for so long. They created this piece,” Wierich said.

It will last until October 23.

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