"Walker on the Green" hole designs (Photo: Gene Pittman)
Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf
Wednesday–Sunday, May 24–September 7, 10 am–8 pm (weather permitting)
On the Walker Art Center campus
$8 adults ($6 Walker members, seniors, students, $5 children 12 and under, $4 members 12 and under)
Water Hazard employs dozens of dangling water bottles as an observation of the less-than-ecological practice of bottling and shipping drinking water. Reflect on "clean water" as you play this hole in some discomfort and the intentionally claustrophobic experience is felt as one maneuvers through the hazards.
Alchemy Architects: Blake Loya and Geoffrey Warner
Paul & Teddy
This hole requires you to maneuver past a 12-foot-tall Paul Bunyan so you can sink a ball into the mouth of Theodore Roosevelt who was instrumental in creating the National Park Systems we know today.
Survival Design has constructed a water tank hole filled with the annual average amount of water that a golf course typically uses for one person at one hole.
Survival Design: Jason S. Brown, Sean P. Frank, Elizabeth Scofield, and Frederic Scofield
A study in the potential of everyday recycled materials to create surface treatments appropriate for the modern environment. A skilled putter has a chance for a hole-in-one along a narrow, smooth surface of recycled tire rubber. An errant shot will send the golfer’s ball onto the rough, an unpredictable ricochet from compressed aluminum beverage cans.
Julie Snow Architects: Tyson McElvain and Dan Winden
This hole is made completely of copper, a recyclable and natural resource. The idea of “sustainability” has become devalued as more and more people try to become “green.” It has become fashionable, and even used as a marketing tool, to present green ideas when in fact much of what is presented as being “green” is really not. Cu:Copper is completely recyclable. We build it, we putt on it, and then we melt it down, gone.
James Dayton Design and A. Zahner and Company.
Growholes is climbable, rollable, jumpable, and whackable. Made from scrap tires, this durable recycled rubber topography will playfully engage your body and your ball. Growholes uses topography to increase momentum and impose a twist on the most obvious, integrating play with the dualities of open and closed, empty and full, inherent in the game of golf. Dare to take on gravity and watch out for entropy!
Regan Golden-McNerney and Maura Rockcastle
Triangular paving stones made of stabilized compacted earth forms faceted hills and valleys for your putt-putt fun. Like a neglected sidewalk, weeds creep through the playing surface, changing the game-play throughout the summer. Compressed earth is a sturdy and efficient traditional building material that is used throughout the world. This golf hole is made from waste dirt pressed into a form using a simple lever mechanism.
Brett and Erin Smith
This hole plays like Pachinko, a Japanese version of pinball, starts with a human-powered elevator for your golf ball. Through a series of switches, this hole changes each time it’s played. Ever wonder how your actions affect the world around you? Your putt directly affects the next. Will you have a positive or negative impact?
BBDO: Ed Hernandez, Yves Roux, Heather Sullard, Zaar Taha
People-Powered Penny Arcade
The most efficient form of recycling is reuse. These artists love dumpster diving! Virtually everything you see on this golf hole has been creatively salvaged from choice Minneapolis locations.
Nate Carny Kulenkamp, Chris Pennington, and Eric Veldey
The Big Kahuna
The Big Kahuna is a huge single-breaking wave, covered with recycled glass which glimmers in the summer sun. Shred the curl just right and make it back to shore, but get caught inside and end up snuffed under the slop.
The Cycle then Recycle Home Concept of the Rimsicle Whirled of Minnie Golf
Kevin Kane collaborated with his students at the City of Lakes Waldorf School to create a rain water garden, a hillside of pop-bottle bottoms, a replica of the island of plastic hazard, and more. This island of plastic actually exists in the Pacific Ocean and continues to grow. Currently it is twice the size of the continental United States.
Pig’s Eye Landfill
Sculptor Zoran Mojsilov has cut a groove into the branches of tree trunks to serve as a track for the ball. Mojsilov gets diseased or storm-damaged trees from various recycling sites, otherwise destined for the wood chipper.
In affectionate memory of Angus Fairhurst (1966–2008). Par 1. Only one shot from the tee. If you miss the hole and the ball rolls off the edge of the green, your score is 2. No putting or walking on the mirrored ‘green’ or fairway, as the ball will roll on its own from the tee.
Don’t think of a monkey.
Walker Art Center: Phil Docken and Kirk McCall
Special thanks to the judges who selected the winning designs: Arlene Birt, graphic designer specializing in humanitarian design; Andrew Blauvelt, design director and curator, Walker Art Center; Peter Eleey, visual arts curator, Walker Art Center; Mark Rosen, WCCO-TV sports director/anchor; and Geoffrey Warner, creator of the weeHouse.