Patricia Schultz, author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”, has ranked the Frederick Meijer Gardens as a “must see museum”. The recently written article ranks Meijer Gardens 13th among celebrated museums such as the Guggenheim, Bilbao, and Van Gogh Museum, and higher than even The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The museum continues to grow and improve. A new permanent sculpture installation adds to the museum’s appeal. Lena’s Garden, designed to convey Lena Meijer’s love of flowers, features a glass sculpture installation by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly that is located on the ceiling of the cafe. The sculpture is compromised of nine individual arrangements of multiple glass elements, each group ranging in diameter from five to seven feet. The glass that that makes up this amazing sculpture is blown glass of various vibrant reds, blues, greens and bright yellows. Fifteen additional locations at the gardens are planned for future Chihuly glass installations, including the English perennial garden, the wetlands, water pools, children’s garden, and sculpture park.
Another draw for the park will be a large outdoor exhibit planned for September 2010. Dale Chihuly has only produced two prior outdoor installations, one in California and one in Florida, significantly boosting attendance at each botanical garden.
Grand Rapids continues grow and improve. Proving to be a wonderful place to both live and visit!
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