Fred and Lena Meijer

Fred and Lena Meijer

Photo by William J. Hebert
Photo by Kevin Beswick

Fred Meijer discovered the work of Joseph Kinkel in his travels and commissioned this portrait sculpture and several variations. The earliest version featured only Fred, but Lena Meijer was added by the artist. This charming duo is a favorite at Meijer Gardens and has been recorded countless times in photographs. Kinkel designed the sculpture so visitors could join the Meijer seated on the bench while the site was developed to allow groups to gather around.

Joseph Kinkel. Fred and Lena Meijer, 2004. Bronze, 48 x 90 x 35 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer