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Mary Nohl’s House

Artist Mary Nohl has an out-sized reputation in Wisconsin. Lauded as an “outsider artist”, despite her Art Institute of Chicago degree, she has been demonized, vandalized, lauded and mocked. After her death, Nohl’s collection of whimsical yard art became the… Continue Reading →

Jurustic Park

What better way to spend your retirement than making massive, clever and whimsical sculptures for your yard? Clyde and Nancy Wynia have turned their property into an “efforts of amateur paleontologist [to]…excavate and recreate as best as possible the now… Continue Reading →

Matilda and Paul Wegner Grotto

Paul and Matilda Wegner, immigrants from Germany, were so deeply impressed by the Dickeyville Grotto that they decided to create their own installations. From the late 1920s to mid-30s, they decorated the yard of the farm with wondrous creations –… Continue Reading →

Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron

Dr Evermor’s Forevertron is the world’s largest junk sculpture. It’s creator, Tom Every, a retired demolition expert, created The Forevertron to launch himself into the heavens. The Forevetron looms over the scrap metal yard, both delicate and massive. Parts include… Continue Reading →

Latino Arts Inc

The Milwaukee Latino Arts Inc. center is just a stone’s throw from the Third Ward. This community center contains a small gallery featuring work of Latino artists. Additionally, they offer numerous concerts of both traditional and contemporary Latin American music,… Continue Reading →

Mushroom Houses Of Charlevoix

Just an hour south of Mackinaw City (gateway to fudge and Amish vacationland Mackinac Island) is the town of Charlevoix. Dotting this charming town are 8 stone “mushroom” houses, built built by Earl Young. These little houses look like Hobbit… Continue Reading →

Dickeyville Grotto

Like the Rudolph Grotto, the Dickeyville Grotto was built by a Catholic priest and his congregation. Though smaller than the Rudolph Grotto, it is just as ambitious and intricately decorated. Even the birdhouse has gotten a going-over. Unlike other grottos,… Continue Reading →

Rudolph Grotto Gardens (and “Wonder Cave”)

The Rudolph Grotto was clearly been built as a labor of love. Every bit of its extensive grounds are lovingly decorated. The grotto was built by Father Philip Wagner, who promised the Virgin Mary he would build a shrine if… Continue Reading →

Fred Smith’s Concrete Park

Fred Smith, like so many folk artists, was bitten by the creative bug late in life. But he certainly made up for lost time, creating his park of 230 concrete figures. Pieces include “portraits” of friends and neighbors, famous figures… Continue Reading →

Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

The Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden is a clear sign that enthusiasm and talent are often two far different skills. It’s nice to have both, but enthusiasm will at least product a large (if perplexing) body of work. The Garden is… Continue Reading →

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