Looking over Voyageur Shoulder

Still Room for more.

Chief Black Hawk and Dr. Beaumont

Emma Big Bear and Victorian Lady

Aunt Marianne Labuche will be the next bronze sculpture. She was Prairie Du Chien's first Physician. She rescued and nursed her granddaughter, baby Louise Gagnier who had been scalped and left for dead. Photo is small replica.

Shelter

Dedicated in 2013, the Mississippi River Sculpture Park Shelter will provide families and friends to gather, share a meal, and imagine the possibilities.

Help plan the foolish fun by attending Follies kickoff meeting

These local friends and neighbors enjoy being as ridiculous as they can be, together, in their annual performances at the Follies variety show fundraiser, all in the good name of charity. The Follies organizers are welcoming former performers and anyone new with a piqued interest to attend a kickoff planning meeting Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m., at Leisure Time. 
The hilarious and locally-acclaimed Follies variety show is returning from a one-year hiatus to tickle the ribs of Prairie du Chien area residents once again in January. To plan the foolish fun, a Follies kickoff meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m., at Leisure Time in Prairie du Chien.

Any interested participants—veteran performers as well as new stars—are urged to attend the kickoff meeting to begin brainstorming acts, find out more information about how the show and rehearsals work and get an early start on laughable ideas that will make the Jan. 4 and 5, performances yet another success. The 2019 Follies are expected to take the stage of the new Prairie du Chien High School theater, making the Follies opportunity all the more exciting.

Remember, the Follies are a fundraiser for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien, which remains about $20,000 away from bringing its next bronzed sculpture, Aunt Marianne LaBuche, to the site on St. Feriole Island.

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Reprinted with permission from The Courier Press, 8/9/2018

The Sculptures Come “Alive” with Augmented Reality

cellphone The Mississippi River Sculpture Park, is  Prairie du Chien’s first and only city park to incorporate augmented reality for every visitor.  The park, located on the north end of St. Feriole Island, is open all year and free of charge for all. It is a park with no swings, jungle gym, slide or sandbox.

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park has five life sized bronze sculptures. Each sculpture depicts a person who has visited the area at one time or another. That, in and of itself, should make this park unique.

Now, with the aid of an internet capable mobile device and a special app, the five sculptures come alive.  Each one actually appears on the mobile device screen and tells their story. Mel Igou, a frequent visitor says, “This is marvelous!  It’s so simple. I simply love this aspect of the visit.”

Brochures, located at the Prairie du Chien Visitor Information Center, Local Oven Bakery, The River District  Hotel, and The Little Library at the park, describe these three simple steps: 1) Download the free App called HP Reveal; 2) Search for and follow MRSP. (mrsp’s Public Auras); 3) Point the mobile device camera at each of the sculptor's description: and watch the sculpture come alive.

You can test the app out right now. Follow the three steps above. Open HP Reveal on your mobile device. Click the view button at the bottom of the screen. The view button looks like the corners of a square.  Aim the HP Reveal viewfinder at the image below. Watch what happens. Does a video Appear? You should be viewing a short video about the Mississippi River Sculpture Park.

Today, there are five life-sized sculptures: Chief Black Hawk, Dr. William Beumont and son, Israel, a Victorian Lady, a voyager, and Emma Big Bear. Each one intricately sculpted. Again, Florence Bird: “It may not be understood that these are one-of-a-kind works of art made in the tradition of famous museum pieces and other public bronze monuments. They are each made especially for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien, to illustrate the history and prehistory of this area. These statues are not mass produced decorative garden pieces. Each one requires its own separate production process starting with the inspiration of the artist. The whole process takes from 6 to 8 months for each statue. The techniques and tools are similar to ones used for bronze statues of all ages. Each bronze statue will last for thousands of years. “

The sculpture park is in the final stages of fundraising for the sixth bronze sculpture, Marianne Labuche.  Marianne Labuche, was the first person to heal the sick in Wisconsin. Her patients called her "Aunt Marianne".  Labuche came up the Mississippi River about 1790. She married three times and was the mother of fourteen children. She filled a crucial need in the Wisconsin frontier with her knowledge of herbs, midwifery, and Native American and folk medicine.

**This is not a perfect system. The app is dependent on having an internet connection to work. Additionally, the viewfinder can be finicky. Although we have tried to choose objects that work 100% of the time, a change in lighting or another uncontrollable factor can cause the app to be unable to recognize the image. When the app is not able to recognize the image the overlay will not appear.

Additional information can be found at http://http://www.statuepark.org/

Another First for Sculpture Park - Augmented Reality

There is simply no other park like this in the Midwest. Dare I write, in the US!
Click on image to watch a short video
The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is included in the wiki list of sculpture parks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sculpture_parks) This, in itself, is no small accomplishment.

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park has life-sized bronze sculptures. Florence Bird, the Sculptor, recalls: “Finding this deep ancient Mississippi valley and learning of the people who have inhabited this area and whose descendants are still calling this beautiful region home has been a great adventure.”

Today, there are five life-sized sculptures: Chief Black Hawk, Dr. William Beumont and son, Israel, a Victorian Lady, a voyager, and Emma Big Bear. Each one intricately sculpted.

The final stages of fundraising is being completed for the sixth sculpture: Marianne Labuche.

But what would happen if a park visitor focused the camera of their mobile device on each of the sculpture's descriptive sign and, not only saw the sign but superimposed over the sign, the sculpture comes alive and actually talks with you?

That’s what augmented reality is! When the “physical world” and “digital information” are combined, an “augmented reality” is created. This combination is called an “aura”. In this case, the aura is triggered by a sign.

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is the only public park in Prairie du Chien to offer augmented reality. In fact, it just may be the only park of it's kind in the entire midwest!

HP Reveal is a free mobile app for any web-enabled device that helps to create an “augmented reality”.

It’s easy to get started 




Step 1: Download the app HP Reveal to your web-enabled mobile device








Step 2: Search for and follow MRSP. (mrsp's Public Auras)










Step 3: Point it and watch it come alive.




Test Augmented Reality!

Open HP Reveal on your mobile device. Click the view button at the bottom of the screen. The view button looks like the corners of a square. 
Aim the HP Reveal viewfinder at the image below. Watch what happens.
Does a video Appear? You should be viewing a short video about the Mississippi River Sculpture Park.
Go visit the park. Point HP Reveal at each descriptive sign next to the sculpture. 



Please note: This is not a perfect system. The app is dependent on having an internet connection to work. Additionally, the viewfinder can be finicky. Although we have tried to choose objects that work 100% of the time, a change in lighting or another uncontrollable factor can cause the app to be unable to recognize the image. When the app is not able to recognize the image the overlay will not appear.

"Aunt Marianne" LaBuche Fundraising

Aunt Mariane Labuche
Currently, the Mississippi River Sculpture Park is raising funds for a bronze statue of "Aunt Marianne" LaBuche. Fundraising is led by 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteers of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park.

Marianne Labuche, was the first person to heal the sick in Wisconsin. Her patients called her "Aunt Marianne". Labuche came up the Mississippi River about 1790. She married three times and was the mother of fourteen children. She filled a crucial need in the Wisconsin frontier with her knowledge of herbs, midwifery, and Native American and folk medicine.
Until a fort was erected in Prairie du Chien, 1816, and a surgeon arrived, she attended the sick and attended to them as a physician, and charged fees. After the Fort, she continued to practice among the people of Prairie du Chien. Her talents were put to the test on June 26, 1827, when her baby granddaughter was critically injured during an Indian attack. Labuche covered the exposed brain with a silver plate over which the skin healed. The little girls lived to be 80 years old. (www.statuepark.org)