Join us on a journey through Madison’s public art scene.
1. Harry Whitehorse’s Badger | 1602 Monroe St.
Harry Whitehorse was a Ho-Chunk artist from Monona who has public art displayed all over the 608. The Monroe Street Badger was one of the final pieces he completed before passing in 2017. The Badger is an ode to animals and children. The sculpture is just a few feet tall, inviting young people to engage with the art.
2. Both/And – Tolerance/Innovation | Library Mall
David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr of RDG Dahlquist Studios created this art piece to represent how people from all walks of life intersect in Madison. Matt and David (a UW Madison alumnus) chose this location because students, faculty, and locals often find themselves in the “current” of Library Mall while leaving class, grabbing lunch, or meeting with peers.
3. Annie C. Stewart Fountain | Vilas Park — off Wingra + Erin Streets
Annie Stewart lived in Madison during the late 1800s. She and her friends were referred to as “attic angels” because they would spend a lot of time in the attic sewing and repairing old clothes to distribute to the poor. Annie passed away before her mother, who left money in her will to erect this memorial fountain for her daughter — which was designed by Frederick J. Clasgens of Cincinnati.
4. Spirit of Greenbush | 760 Regent St.
Antonio Testolin created this sculpture as a way to encapsulate the Greenbush neighborhood’s, well, spirit. The base of the sculpture is etched with anecdotes and images from the neighborhood’s past which highlight the culture upon which the area was formed. This work of art serves as a reminder of the importance of true community regardless of gender, ethnicity, and background.
5. Updraft | Brittingham Park
Mike Burns is known in Madison for his metalwork artistry. “Updraft”, which can be found at Brittingham Park, is intended to recall tree canopies that shade roads and country lanes. He also worked with those involved with the adjacent community garden to reinforce fences, and add benches.