Concrete Folk Art

DSCN1035 (2) - EditedMotorcycle touring on Hwy 13 just outside of Phillips, WI, a row of concrete folk art caught our attention. Curiosity got the best of us, so we turned the bikes around, and headed back.  To our delight, we discovered a treasure trove of concrete folk art.

Excerpt from Friends of Fred Smith website: “In 1948, at age 62, Price County native Fred Smith began creating what is known today as the Wisconsin Concrete Park. Smith, a lumberjack, tavern owner, farmer, and dance hall musician, created over 230 figures depicting his vision of the local culture and the world. His work is considered by experts to be one of America’s most unique displays of folk art. Smith’s characters came from local legend and personal acquaintances as well as legendary heroes.”

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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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