Tag archive for Wisconsin

“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

Wisconsin Concrete Park – Fred Smith 1886-1976 N8236 State Highway 13 Phillips, WI 715-339-6475 Website Concrete environment Built: 1948 – 1964 “It has to be in the man.  You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Grassroots Art Center exhibit, Lucas…

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"Like the Whitney on mescaline"! JMKAC in the New York Times

"Like the Whitney on mescaline"! JMKAC in the New York Times

Lisa Stone (via Larry Harris) sent along this NY Times article about the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan.. Way Off the Beaten Path, Letting the Outsiders In John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sculptures by Nek Chand from a 2007 exhibition at the Kohler…

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More midwest flooding news

More midwest flooding news

(from Terri Yoho, John Michael Kohler Museum of Art) Kelly,  We have heard that Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron is flooded, and I plan on calling Tom today. Prairie Moon is fine–no problem with the Mississippi in that part of the state. Areas around Painted Forest are horribly…

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Paul Hefti's Wisconsin Bottle Environment video

Paul Hefti's Wisconsin Bottle Environment video

Larry Harris just pointed this out to me… a great video clip of Paul Hefti’s LaCrosse, WI plastic pop bottle yard environment, posted by shimonlindemann. Sadly, Mr. Hefti’s environment has been dismantled.  To see more great photos of the environment, please visit Narrow Larry’s website.

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Kohler's "Taking the Road Less Traveled" symposium now online!

Kohler's "Taking the Road Less Traveled" symposium now online!

(“Blackbirds, Blue Woman” by Martha Heavenston, 1992.  On the grounds of the Jan Michael Kohler Art Center) “Taking the Road Less Traveled: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists” co-hosted by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Kohler Foundation, Inc. An International Conference – September…

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Kohler Conference — Day Two

Kohler Conference — Day Two

Sheboygan, WI The above video clip is a segment from the closing dinner, inspired by the environmental artists and was created by a group called “The Nana Projects” (Molly Ross and artists Annie Howe, Alison Heimstead, Elisabeth Roskos and Adam Krandle)  It was performed to…

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Kohler Conference — Day One

Kohler Conference — Day One

“Taking the Road Less Traveled: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists”co-hosted by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Kohler Foundation, Inc.An International Conference – September 27-30, 2007Sheboygan, WI Let’s just get this out of the way – The Kohler’s are visionary, self-taught, vernacular, your-term-here…

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FAST — The Fiberglass Stature Factory

FAST — The Fiberglass Stature Factory

F.A.S.T.   |  Sparta, WI Signage company boneyard OK, it isn’t really a folk art environment, but there is something quite eerily interesting about this fiberglass graveyard.  This is where every miniature golf obstacle, dinosaurs, Big Boys, sharks and other oversized critters that you have seen…

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Fountain City Rock Garden

Fountain City Rock Garden

John and Bertha Mehinger  |  dates unknown  |  Fountain City, WI Rock and concrete environment  |  1933-1935 This was one of those great moments in being lost.  After I left Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden, I remembered reading in Lisa Stone’s book, “Sacred Spaces & Other…

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Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

Herman Rusch  |  1885-1985  |  near Cochrane, WI Embellished concrete environment  |  Created 1958 – 1974 The highway along the Mississippi River winds through lush farm land and great bluffs.  Growing up in Missouri, where the Mississippi is big and muddy and the flood plains…

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