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Spoonbridge and Cherry gets a fresh coat of paint

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Iconic Minneapolis landmark "Spoonbridge and Cherry" got a fresh coat of paint Tuesday morning at the Walker Art Center.

The enormous spoon and ruby red cherry has sat at the Walker since 1988 and has become the centerpiece of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Not to mention, you'll find the cherry and the spoon on nearly every gift shop postcard rack in town.

The artist, Claes Oldenburg, is best-known for his renditions of oversized, seemingly ordinary objects. Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, collaborated to create the aluminum and stainless steel sculpture after being asked to design a fountain for Minneapolis in the mid-1980s. The pair had already created a number of giant sculptures, like the Walker's overturned bag of french fries.

The utensil can be found in Oldenburg's old sketchbooks, and the city's request allowed him to turn it into a beloved state treasure. The spoon is 5,800 pounds, and the cherry weighs in at 1,200 pounds.

It's plenty sturdy, but don't sit on it -- you'll likely be reprimanded by Walker Art Center staff.

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