What’s summer without miniature golf? Boring! So says the Walker Art Center which has organized a miniature golf course (each hole designed by local artists and architects), at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Not only can visitors play each hole, but on “Be Your Own Sculpture!” players use their bodies as hazards. (Yes, you may try to block your opponent’s putt with your feet.) Some holes are elegant; pinball nerd Karl Unnasch recreated a small-scale version of the Chateau de Bagatelle with its gardens and hidden passages. Some are cute: Garden Gnome Foosball fulfills the kitsch quota. And some are real tricky: “Tilt-a-Putt” is a marble labyrinth that requires the patience of a pro in a sudden death playoff.
TV commentators like Johnny Miller and David Feherty aren’t on-site but pro tips for each hole are available online thanks to the Walker Art Center. Open until Labor Day, September 8, 2013.
Be a Sculpture! by Nicola Carpenter, Bryan Carpenter, Susanne Carpenter, and Sean Donovan
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