Book Benches

by Peter Morales, 2004

About the art

The Wayzata Children’s Garden is a special secret garden—a place to imagine, dream and linger among the troll bridge and alphabetical perennial plantings. At the center, you’ll find these six book-shaped benches—truly art that’s made for interaction. Artist Peter Morales carved the 300- to 600-pound benches from Indiana Limestone, inscribing each with a different word or phrase: Imagine, Cheer!, Dream, Create, Explore, Once Upon a Time. So pick the quality you want to connect with today, grab a good book and let yourself linger for a while.

Artist statement

“I always imagined kids either sitting or lying on the books but also crouching and reading with their eyes and fingers in the inspirational message carved in the stone.”

Funded by The Baker Foundation, John & Nan Beard, John & Nancy Berg, Beverlee Dorn, Doug & Kathy Jones & Family, Sharon Lentz, the Wayzata Garden Club, and the Hennepin County Library One Percent for Art program