Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park celebrated its $115 million expansion project with a groundbreaking/kickoff.

A Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree ceremoniously extracted from the Meijer Gardens site where the new 60,000 square foot LEED certified Welcome Center will be constructed.

Twenty-two years ago when the gardens and sculpture park opened its 940 square feet admissions space was designed to greet 200,000 visitors a year. Since then the number of annual guests has more than tripled.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has announced the groundbreaking of a $115 million expansion project. Park officials say the first phase of the expansion began in September. The Grand Rapids attraction has hired New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects for the project. It includes a new welcome center, rooftop sculpture garden and picnic pavilion. 

Exhibition to highlight work of sculptors including Rodin

Aug 28, 2017

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will host the work of 17 contemporary figurative sculptors alongside that of influential French sculptor Auguste Rodin. "Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition" includes loans of several of Rodin's works from the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

A fundraising dinner is being held this week in Grand Rapids to help Michigan's foster children go to college. The state says 13,000 kids are in foster care but less than 10 percent go to college after high school. A scholarship fund helps students who need money.

The dinner will be held Thursday night at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Admission is $100.

There will be a silent auction and raffles for Detroit Tigers tickets and tickets to a Michigan State-Notre Dame football game.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park annually generates more than $75 million in Kent County. WGVU breaks down the economic impact study with one of its authors from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is launching a $115 million dollar campaign that hopes to dramatically expand the park’s facilities. Park officials say the expansion is needed as the park has experienced tremendous attendance growth since opening its doors in 1995. 

Among the new features at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park include a new rooftop sculpture garden, a new 60,000 square foot welcome center and an expanded and updated amphitheater. However, Park CEO David Hooker says the message of the campaign goes well beyond just building a bigger park.

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Friday marks the opening of what Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is calling a “landmark exhibition.”

“Weiwei is a conceptual artist so he’s about ideas. He uses a whole series of forms and a whole series of media and materials to express his ideas.”

Joseph Antenucci Becherer is Chief Curator and Vice President of Exhibitions and Collections at Meijer Gardens.

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The print and drawing archives of sculptor Beverly Pepper will be part of the permanent collection at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

Meijer Gardens says seven decades of Pepper's work - including hundreds of drawings, prints, works on paper and notebooks - are part of the gift.

Pepper's work often incorporates industrial metals like iron, bronze, stainless steel and stone.

Meijer Gardens says it plans to host a retrospective exhibition of work drawn from the archives from Feb. 2, 2018 to April 19, 2018.

Cultivating Peace

Aug 22, 2016

We talk about an evening of unity and humanity with Cultivating Peace at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre this Tuesday night, part of the Tuesday Night Music Club. Musician Carolyn Koebel talks about the evening on behalf of the house band.

Pokemon Go
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Officials at Michigan attractions are seeing positives and negatives from people playing the Pokemon Go smartphone game.

The Saginaw News says the Saginaw Children's Zoo is reporting an uptick in visitors looking for place to collect virtual items for the game.

Marketing and Communication Coordinator Lizzy Schultz says young people playing the game initially left a security guard baffled.

Schultz is encouraging visitors, saying: "Come and see the animals and catch the Pokemon and then take a break from your phones and come and see the real animals."

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