Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
ClientFrederik Meijer Gardens
LocationGrand Rapids, MI
ScaleSculpture Park: 125 acres; Children's Garden: 5 acres; Amphitheater: 1,800 people
CostSculpture Park: $10,000,000; Children's Garden: $5,000,000; Amphitheater: $3,000,000
Develop an outdoor environment and settings for specific sculptures within the sculpture park at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park as part of its overall programming. Create a highly-interactive fun garden for children that is educational and blends into the natural woodland and wetland setting as part of the Garden’s overall programming. As part of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s overall program objectives, the desire was to create an amphitheater for outdoor performances and concerts in a garden-like setting. An entry plaza welcomes patrons to the amphitheater. The stage structure was design by Cox, Medendorp and Olson.
Through on-site collaboration with sculptors, such as Mark Di Suvero, Magdalena Abakanowitz, Keith Haring, and Arnoldo Pomodoro; individual sculpture sites were designed and installation coordinated. The sculpture park is internationally acclaimed. Development of the children’s garden included theme gardens, a wetland boardwalk, a bridge, an observation tower, a tree house village, and a butterfly maze. An existing wetland was incorporated into the overall plan. An amphitheater, seating 1,800 people, was created adjacent to the main building and conservatory. Barrier-free access and viewing platforms are integrated into the overall design. The venue has been extremely successful as the home to various summer concert series.