Here's when the Sculpture Garden will open with new works (including a big blue chicken)

The Sculpture Garden will have 18 new works of art when it opens again.
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Mark it down: June 3.

That's when the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center will be open to the public again, showing off its revamped space and new art installations after two years of work.

Among the 16 new pieces is a giant, 20-foot-tall blue rooster by German artist Katharina Fritsch.

A couple of the new works come from Minnesota. Duluth-based Frank Big Bear was the first artist commissioned for the Walker’s new entry pavilion. And Aaron Spangler also created his first public sculpture for the garden.

You can see all the works here, along with a map of where they're located.

The Walker also released a timelapse-y video Wednesday announcing the June 3 opening, and showing off the space a bit. Here's the video:

https://youtu.be/cE6hUq6FCpo

The Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board had previously pegged June 2017 as the opening date, but hadn't gotten more specific.

In addition to the new works, the space got a big reworking.

The makeover includes both visual and behind-the-scenes updates, including a new sustainable stormwater recovery and rainwater irrigation system, as well as updates to landscaping. The two-year project was part of the Walker Art Center’s $75 million capital campaign for its 75th anniversary.

Oh, and here's a rendering of the big, blue rooster:

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