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An Intimate and Unique Concert Setting

Amphitheater Garden

The Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater is home to the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts and Ayers Basement Systems Tuesday Evening Music Club. Terraced lawn seating, great views of gardens and sculpture, and lively acoustics create an intimate concert setting for guests of all ages. From its manicured lawn to the ivy growing on the stage, the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater is the ideal summer setting for experiencing live music in West Michigan.

Amphitheater Garden

Highlights & Sculpture

Highlights - Amphitheater Garden

Home of the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens and Ayers Basement Systems Tuesday Evening Music Club, as well as weddings and events throughout the year, the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, a garden in its own right, features manicured terraced lawn seating, trees, perennials, bold tropical exotics as well as sculptures by Michele Oka Doner, Sean Henry, Barry Flanagan, and Igor Mitoraj. From its manicured lawn to the ivy growing on the stage to being surrounded by world-class sculpture, the Amphitheater Garden is the perfect summer setting for experiencing music in West Michigan.

Joel Shapiro, untitled

Joel Shapiro is one of the most acclaimed and eagerly collected American sculptors of the past two generations. His work in both wood and bronze developed out of the Minimalist movement that emphasizes clean, geometric forms and studied compositions. The artist’s iconic style utilizes rectangular elements in animated compositions that suggest movement and—in examples such as this—dance. Although his works are not figurative in the traditional sense, many refer to the general proportions of the torso and limbs of the human form.
 
Joel Shapiro, Untitled. 1985. Bronze, 117 x 133 x 72 inches. Gift of Ruth and Ted Baum courtesy of Lillian Heidenberg in honor of Frederik G.H. Meijer © Joel Shapiro.

Barry Flanagan, Elephant

Barry Flanagan was a British sculptor who during his career studied architecture, sculpture, painting, print-making, installation work and dance. Reacting against the growing popularity of abstraction during his school years, Flanagan frequently used animals as subject matter and was often inspired by the organic materials he worked with, such as clay. This inspiration is evident in the textures he utilized here.
 
Barry Flanagan. Elephant, 1986. Bronze, 76 x 55 x 41 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Barry Flanagan.

Igor Mitoraj, Light of the Moon

Polish-born sculptor Igor Mitoraj greatly admired classical civilization and built a repertoire based on imagery that evokes the Greco-Roman world. However, the artist primarily worked with fragmentary descriptions or figures superimposed with classical imagery. Light of the Moon presents the viewer with an image that in fragmented form and of a diagonal composition seems to reflect lost civilizations and discovered artifacts. The artist worked in Paris, France and Pietrasanta, Italy.
Igor Mitoraj. _Light of the Moon_, 1991. Bronze, 136 x 142 x 83 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer and the Frederik Meijer Charitable Trust. © Igor Mitoraj, Artists Rights Society (ARS)/ADAGP.

Sean Henry, Lying Man

The interests of Sean Henry, one of the most inventive figurative sculptors working today, lie in presenting subjects that although individualized, speak to the universality of the human experience. Henry works from life, creating highly detailed imagery of individuals in contemporary dress, but always manipulates scale so figures are much larger or smaller than life-size. Initially, he works through drawings and clay master models that are then meticulously translated into bronze.

Sean Henry. Lying Man, 2003. Bronze and paint, 82 x 155 x 76 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Sean Henry.

Michele Oka Doner, Colossus

Michele Oka Doner, a graduate of the University of Michigan, is well known for her small-scale bronze sculptures of organic forms and her bronze and terrazzo floor installations. This sculpture is part of a series of figurative sculptures Oka Doner created that were inspired by nature and the sea. Although clearly referencing a human form, elements of the natural world are easily discerned.

Michele Oka Doner. Colossus, 2003. Bronze, 63 x 26 x 18 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Michele Oka Doner.

Ron Pederson, Clockwork

Ron Pederson, Clockwork

Joseph Kinnebrew, Visitation: Majorette, Hand Stands, Gifts, A Slight Lapse of Purpose, Yea

American artist Joseph Kinnebrew is an iconic figure in the history of art within West Michigan. Over the course of his career, the artist has worked in a variety of styles—frequently at a large, outdoor scale. This ensemble comprises five individual sculptures, displayed as one. Each figure is carefully delineated in a manner that references both the stylized form and whimsical mood commonly encountered in Folk Art. This work was among the earliest pieces displayed at Meijer Gardens.
 
Joseph Kinnebrew. Visitations: Majorette, Hand Stands, Gifts, A Slight Lapse of Purpose, Yea, 1994–1997. Iron, height 54 to 69 inches. Gift of the Hoffius Family in memory of Barbara C. Hoffius. © Joseph Kinnebrew.

HOURS

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE

CONTACT US

scheduled grounds maintenance

On Tuesday, April 16, the Treehouse Village and Woodland Boardwalk in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden and the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden will be closed due to tree removal for the safety of our guests. Thank you for your understanding. 

Garden closures

Please note: The Harvey Lemmen Sculpture Gallery in the Sculpture Park will be closed May 20-21 for scheduled tree work. Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 

HOURS

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE