Project Category: Arts & Culture

Water Over the Dam

Artist: Jeff Weideman Location: Corner of 4th and Vine Streets, 300 Block Inspired by the flood of 1993, this contemporary piece constructed of welded and curled steel set in cement represents water falling over a dam, sometimes curling back on itself. Dedicated in October 18, 1995.  Fabricated by Mid City Steel Fabricating. Geometric abstract, water… Read more »

Veterans Memorial Field Eagle – Sculpture

Artist: Elmer Peterson Location: UW-La Crosse, Veterans Memorial Field Complex The stainless steel eagle, perched on top of five decorated steel arches and masonry columns, represents the national symbol, appearing on the Great Seal of the United States, and serves as a local symbol of UW-La Crosse athletic teams. This sculpture is intended to honor veterans… Read more »

Ribbon V – Sculpture

Ribbon V – Sculpture Artist: Stephan Fischer Location: UW-La Crosse, 1725 State Street The non-objective COR-TEN steel sculpture was designed to resist corrosion and age with a luminous red brown patina.  The interpretation of the subject is up to the viewer’s own imagination.  Part of Stephan Fischer’s monumental sculpture ribbon series, his works can be… Read more »

Reflections

Reflections Artist: Paul T. Granlund Location: La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main Street Created in 1979. Made of cast and fabricated bronze, the fountain-based sculpture depicts a tranquil female figure.  The statue is located in a fountain outside of the La Crosse Public Library. It shows a young woman resting on top of a carved… Read more »

Mary of the Angels Chapel

Mary of the Angels Chapel Numerous Sculptures! Location: St. Rose Convent, 715 9th Street South The bronzed wooden statues located at the intersection of the nave, transepts, and sanctuary reflect three great periods in Christian history: nearest the ceiling are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, all prophets of the Hebrew scriptures. At each side of… Read more »

Le Pineau – Sculpture

Artist: Unknown Location: Main Street, Civic Plaza Le Pineau is a sculpture of a boy pulling a thorn from his foot.  This was a gift from La Crosse’s sister city, Epinal, France.  It is symbolic of Epinal, whose name derives from the French word epine, meaning thorn.  The sculpture is a replica of a famous… Read more »

Lyra

Lyra Artist: Bruce White Location: Burns Park This aluminum sculpture consists of three legs that intertwine to create an interlocking abstract design.  Originally painted blue, the sculpture that was dedicated in 1980, now maintains a brown patina.  Bruce White’s sculptures are created out of materials that lend themselves to permanence.  His outdoor sculptures can be… Read more »

The La Crosse Players

La Crosse Players Artist: Elmer Peterson Location: Main Street, Civic Plaza Welded COR-TEN steel, life-size Native American figures engage in the game played on the prairie in this vicinity and for which La Crosse is said to be named.  Elmer Peterson is best known for his sculpture “World’s Largest Buffalo” in Jamestown North Dakota.  La… Read more »

King Gambrinus

King Gambrinus Artist: Unknown Location: City Brewery Watching over the World’s Largest Six Pack, King Gambrinus is a concrete sculpture painted beautifully.  The Gambrinus story originated in Holland and Belgium, where he was considered the patron figure of brewers.  The Heileman Company purchased the sculpture in 1939 from a non-operational brewery.  Heileman bought the 15… Read more »

Invitation to Imagination – Sculpture

Invitation to Imagination Artist: Michael Martino Location: Onalaska Public Library, 741 Oak Avenue South A cast bronze sculpture shows a boy literally leaping off the pages of a book.  The sculpture, installed in 2010, aims to encourage children to read.  The book pages have an inscription that reads: “Come with me and we shall see… Read more »