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Artist-Designed Mini Golf Course at the Walker Art Center

Hello from Minneapolis! I arrived early this morning for SkepchickCON, and since I had some time to kill, I decided to check out the Walker Art Center. I’m a big fan of contemporary art, and everything I’ve seen so far has been artistically compelling and thoughtfully curated. I’ve really enjoyed my stroll through the sculpture gardens, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas‘ explorations of the self-building properties of homes, and an exhibit featuring numerous artists called “Painter Painter” that examines, questions, and expands the medium and process of painting. The Walker even hits my sweet spot with a restaurant whose food is as sculptural as anything in the galleries.

In this post, however, I’d like to focus on a current exhibit that will win any Mad Art Labber’s heart: the artist-designed mini golf course. The name is actually misleading; the two eight-hole courses are made up of holes designed by art students, yes, but also architects, engineers, and machinists. I didn’t get to play a round (there was a pretty long queue) but I did wander through the snap some photos. The different pieces mimic natural formations, play with perceptions of randomness and order, and even take players on nonlinear, spatiotemporal journeys. Here are some of my favorites:

hole 7
By standing on the footprints, the players themselves become obstacles on the course
micro macro
A giant golf ball contains a minature replica of the Walker Art Center
One of these glittering rocks hides the hole–the others contain xylophone keys you play with your ball!
hole 8
As described in the sign, this hole consists of all 18 legendary courses from the Augusta National Golf Course mapped onto each other, allowing the player to pick her target
pivot irrigation
From the sign: “Inspired by the aerial views of pivot irrigation, this hole explores a failed agrarian culture The landscape is now arid and repurposed by new is inhabitants whose only visual imprint is their architecture. Fallen civilizations leave remnants of their existence behind, and reclaimed materials intermingle with the naturally occurring landscape. Drop the ball into the elevated tunnel and see if you can get it safely to its intended destination.”
ames room
An Ames Room mini golf hole
Players can choose to putt or to move the hole by relocating one of the fillers

The course is open through September 8, 2013.

All photos by Anne Sauer

Anne S

Anne Sauer is an atheist with an appetite for science, good food, and making connections between the two. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Her favorite foods are salted caramel ice cream and chicken tikka masala. You can find her on twitter @aynsavoy.

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