Back in November, it was announced that one of the most famous sculptures in the state was going to have part of it removed for a fresh paint job.

The Spoonbridge and Cherry has been a staple piece at the Walker Art Center since 1988. It was designed by married couple Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and was funded by a $500,000 donation from art collector Frederick R. Weisman.

Fox 9 reported that the 1,200-pound ball of aluminum was taken to New York for a fresh coat of paint. Due to the harsh Minnesota winter, the art center says the cherry needs a re-painting about once every ten years to keep it red and glossy. The last time it went in for a refresh was 2009 so it was due for a touch up.

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Now WCCO is reporting that the cherry will be bolted back onto the spoon on February 18th. 

I was in Minneapolis a few times while the spoonbridge was cherry-less and honestly, it was a bit awkward to look at. As odd as a combo the spoon and cherry are, they are better than the sum of their parts. It will be nice to have them reunited once again.

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