Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park


Grand Rapids, MI





For more than 20 years and as many projects, Progressive AE has partnered with Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to create engaging and education spaces. Meijer Gardens is considered one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences.

A selection of our experience includes:

Lena Meijer Children’s Garden: We were part of a team tasked with creating a highly-interactive garden specifically for children. Children can explore tree houses, a log cabin, a butterfly labyrinth and a child-sized beaver lodge. Highlighting hundreds of plants as well as whimsical, child-oriented sculptures, it is perhaps the only children’s garden in the United States with natural wetlands running through the middle of it.

Amphitheatre: The Garden’s outdoor amphitheater boasts brilliant acoustics and tiered lawn seating for 1,900 people. An entry plaza welcomes patrons to the amphitheater. The stage was designed by Cox, Medendorp and Olson.

Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden: The Japanese Garden  opened in June 2015. The eight-acre project, designed by Hoichi Kurisu, features traditional components such as waterfalls, extensive boulder placement, authentic Japanese structures and a functioning teahouse. The design effectively uses space to highlight contrasts between still and rushing water, between quietly intimate spaces and expansive open spaces, and between manicured and natural areas.

Sculpture Park: Through on-site collaboration with sculptors, such as Mark Di Suvero, Magdalena Abakanowitz, Keith Haring, and Arnoldo Pomodoro, individual sculpture sites were designed and installed. The sculpture park is internationally acclaimed.