Motorcycle 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.”