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

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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.

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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Katharina Fristc’s Hahn/Cock – a big blue rooster – at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota – Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota
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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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