Twilight of the Living Statues - 2015

A threatening weather forecast  and cloudy skies did not deter the annual appearance of the statues of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park.  Visitors to the sculpture park heard the stories from the “living statues” portrayed by Prairie du Chien High School students and adult volunteers.  Background banjo music and songs, played by “Many Strings," a buckskinner, a could also be heard in the background.  Small sculptures which will, someday, make their appearance in the park were displayed by artist Florence Bird. (Photo – Left: “Dousman children” visiting with part of the crowd)
This year, also marked an improvement of the Leamy picnic shelter found at the sculpture park. Stone bricks were placed around the pillars. The stones create a unified theme for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. Many thanks go to volunteers, Bob and Tom.
The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is one of the city parks in Prairie du Chien. The Mississippi River Sculpture Park  is located on St. Feriole Island adjacent to the Villa Louis. This city owned park is open year round free of charge.  Five life-size bronze statues are currently in the park:  Chief Black Hawk; Dr. William Beaumont, father of gastroenterology; the Victorian Lady, representing tourists – many from Europe – who flocked to the area; Julian Coryer, a voyageur, and Emma Big Bear, who earned her living in the mid-20th Century with traditional Ho-Chunk crafts and is remembered by elderly residents who visited her when they were young.
Twilight of the Living Statues is a fund raising event to bring to life the sixth bronze sculpture– Marianne Labuche.  The photo, left, shows a small scale model of Marianne Labuche, called a maquette. The maquette stands about 15 inches and is cast in bronze. The maquette is currently making its way around businesses in Prairie du Chien. Donations are encouraged.