Project Category: Public Art

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 »

Hixon Memorial

Hixon Memorial Artist: Leonard Crunelle Location: Oak Grove Cemetery, 1407 La Crosse Street This art piece depicts a mother and her child resting upon a granite base.  The sculpture is made of bronze.  Inscripted in the base of the statue is, “Who had not learned in hours of faith, the truth to flesh and sense… Read more »


Hiawatha – Sculpture Artist: Anthony Zimmerhakl Location: Riverside Park, north end Towering at 25′ high and weighing 20 tons, Hiawatha is the guardian of the sacred place where three rivers meet – the Mississippi, Black and La Crosse Rivers.  Legend says that where three rivers meet, no big winds shall blow.  To date, this legend… Read more »

Herons of La Crosse Sculptures

Herons of La Crosse Artist: Various Artists Location: Pump House Regional Arts Center Courtyard, and elsewhere throughout the city Herons of La Crosse Sculptures, a public art project organized by the Pump House Regional Arts Center in 2008, celebrates art and community with unique heron sculptures, each over 6′ tall, crafted into works of art… Read more »

Harmony and Peace

Harmony and Peace Artist: Luis Arata Location: Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Drive Built in 1983, this piece of art is a 12′ tall steel sculpture enameled in a bright red/orange hue.  As a non-objective sculpture, the viewer may provide an imaginary subject of their own.  The sculptor, Luis Arata, also sculpted “Anidont” man and dog… Read more »

Gideon Hixon

Gideon Hixon Artist: Elmer Peterson Location: Badger Street, near the intersection of 7th Street This is a cast bronze sculpture, standing just over 6′ tall.  Gideon Hixon was a leading citizen of La Crosse, lumberman, financier, and Senator for the 31st District of Wisconsin.  He lent money to individuals whose businesses might have been speculative,… Read more »

The Four Muses

Four Muses Artist: Jill Rippe Location: Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse Brick bas relief representing the ancient Greek muses of Dance, Music, Comedy, and Tragedy, set in the natural beauty of the area’s rivers and bluffs.  This art pieces are found emerging from the wall of the Weber… Read more »

Fledgling – Sculpture

Fledgling Artist: Michael Martino Location: La Crosse County Grounds, 300 4th Street North This piece of art is a contemporary sculpture of a boy with his skateboard, sporting angelic wings.