Ancient sculpture park in Schaumburg, WI, in ruins
Posted September 03, 2018 11:02:03The sculpture pedestal of a man sits in a garden in Schauburg, Wisconsin, on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.
The sculpture has been removed from its pedestal after a decade of restoration work.
The pedestal sits on a small paved street in the Schaumburger neighborhood, less than a mile from the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds.
The man was found in the middle of the day Sept. 1, 2018, in a field outside of the town of Schaumbruck.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the pedestal was “thick with debris and moss, some of which had been knocked off it by bird-watchers.”
Schaumbuckers have called the park a “sacred space” that has stood the test of time and has received a high level of tourism.
It is one of three state parks in Wisconsin that are now being preserved in the name of the National Sculpture Park.
A plaque on the pedestals plaque reads: “The original of the sculpture was found by a Wisconsin farmer in 1903.
The man was discovered to have been wearing a coat, and his shirt was missing.
The owner of the farm, a member of the Schaubuckers, decided to have the statue removed from the pedestel in a local park to honor the fallen.
A few years later, the statue was placed on display in the park.
Today, it is preserved as a memorial to those who have given their lives in the service of the nation.”
Sciences professor at UW and former professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Steve Kowalski said he was shocked to see the pedestall removed.
Kowalsky said it was an honor to be part of the effort to restore the sculpture to its original condition.
“The pedestals pedestals are a symbol of the place and the people who have served the people of the world,” Kowalkski said.
“They are a beautiful piece of art, but they are not an important piece of the American landscape.”
The pedestall is part of a collection of about 100 sculptures in the Wisconsin Sculptures Project.
It was created in the 1950s when the Wisconsin state government passed a law that required that any statue be “completed in a manner that would preserve its value for future generations.”
In the decades since, sculptures have been removed to make way for new construction, roads, and other improvements.
In the meantime, some have been left standing in the streets of Schauburks historic neighborhoods, with some even partially submerged in a sewage line.