From heroic war memorials to gigantic fiberglass fish, Public Sculpture in Wisconsin documents more than 750 outdoor sculptures in the state of Wisconsin. Included are monuments, memorials, and masterpieces of traditional public statuary as well as religious grottoes, chainsaw and fiberglass creations, native American effigy mounds, and visionary environments created by self-taught artists.
The book includes an inventory of public sculpture from all seventy-two counties in the state, amply illustrated with photographs and maps and organized by region, county, and city. This inventory is accompanied by several chapters on the history of Wisconsin’s public sculture and on modern sculpture sponsored by governments, corporations, and communities. The authors also offer valuable advice on how to go about commissioning, conserving, and maintaining outdoor sculpture. A special color section documents the recent conservation by Anton Rajer of the statue “Wisconsin,” the golden figure atop the Capitol dome.
Anton Rajer is an art conservator and museum consultant who has worked on collections in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, he teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was formerly the State Capitol conservator. Christine Style, assistant professor of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, also maintains a printmaking and graphics studio. Rajer and Style previously collaborated on the book Dr. Rudy Rotter’s Spirit-Driven Art.