Hahn/Cock: a Big Blue Rooster in Minneapolis (and London)

Cock a doodle blue! This big blue rooster is an newly iconic sculpture at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center in Minnesota. Titled “Hahn/Cock” it’s the work of German artist Katharina Fristch…and it might just have you seeing double!

Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

“Hahn/Cock” is named using both the German and English words for rooster (but not without acknowledging the cheeky and somewhat dirty double entendre…). It stands at almost 13-feet tall and is mounted on top of a 10-foot gray metal pedestal, making the entire sculpture nearly 25 feet tall.

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Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

The cerulean rooster is made of fiberglass, polyester resin, blue paint, and stainless-steel armature.

Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

The giant blue cock was ehem erected at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the much-loved “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, in 2017. But this wasn’t the first version of this big blue cock. Previously, in 2013, the inaugural “Hahn/Cock” was installed at Trafalgar Square in London.

Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

There, the sculpture served as a feminist statement against the surrounding male busts, a colorful contrast against the grayness of the square, and cheeky nod to France: the rooster is the symbol of France and Trafalgar Square serves as a monument to the 1805 British naval victory over the French and Spanish during the Napoleonic wars.

Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

The original giant cockerel lived in London, England, until February 2015. It was later acquired by Glenstone (a private contemporary art museum in Potomac, Maryland) and is currently on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

Don’t be chicken, hatch a plan to visit this big bird on your next Minneapolis road trip! And don’t forget to stop at some other big bird roadside attractions in Minnesota: the World’s Largest Turkey in Frazee and the World’s Largest “Booming” Prairie Chicken in Rothsay.

Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

Photos of the original Hahn/Cock in Trafalgar Square in London

When I saw the big blue rooster at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, I knew I had seen it somewhere before. It wasn’t until I got home from my Minnesota road trip and looked up more information that I realized this roadside attraction had a twin…and that I had seen the twin when I visited London in November 2013.

Here are photos of the English double of Katharina Fristc’s “Hahn/Cock.”

Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  in Trafalgar Square in London, England.
Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  in Trafalgar Square in London, England.
Katharina Fristc's Hahn/Cock - a big blue rooster -  in Trafalgar Square in London, England.

Hahn/Cock: a Big Blue Rooster

Address: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hours: 6 am to 12 midnight, 365 Days a Year
Cost: Free to See


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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.