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James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden

Tellen, like many fellow Wisconsinites, was bitten by the cement bug and the desire to create large, lumpen pieces of art on his property. “Naive” is the kindest term for his work. Some pieces, like the one of Abraham Lincoln,… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Grandview

Some people read when they are laid up with an injury. Others start a novel, watch tv or call their friends to moan. Not Nicholas Chauvin. Laid up from farming with an ankle injury, he started decorating his land with… Continue Reading →

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