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.


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

Many Hands do Light Work

The exquisite detail of each life-sized, bronze sculpture in The Mississippi River Sculpture Park reveals the attention to detail undertaken by the sculptor, Florence Bird. Just as each sculpture tells a story of their visit to the Prairie du Chien area in times long past, the hands reveal the character of each sculpture.

The son of Dr. William Beaumont, Israel, reveals not only an interest of ones environment, but of the  playful side of all children. One can only imagine the conversation between father and son.  The occasion may have been used as a teachable moment as the father relates a story to the son about the importance of the relationship between humans and nature. Or, maybe, they’re just enjoying happy memories.

Being created in bronze, each sculpture’s patina reveals those places most touched by a park visitor. In almost each case, the hand reveals a soft glow, as if the visitor were reaching out to learn more about the sculpture.

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park, when complete, will have over 20 sculptures.  Each one created in bronze telling their story for generations to come.

The Prairie du Chien city park is open to all, free of charge each and every day.

Each new sculpture depends on contributions from individuals and, sometimes, corporations. Just as many hands do light work, many donations, no matter how small or large, will help to add a new sculpture. 

The hand of each sculpture reach out touching an object of importance. Whether holding a book, a black willow sapling, a pipe, or an umbrella, or a frog, the hands reveal the character of the sculpture. 

Each park visitor, by touching the sculpture’s hand, reaches out to make contact with a bit of history  that only can be found in the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. Your hand can reach out and help to grow this park for generations to come.

Looking Back into the Future

Chief Black Hawk was the first bronze sculpture to be installed into The Mississippi River Sculpture Park, in 2005. Today, as the bronze sculpture stands on the pedestal, gazing across the Fire Circle, one’s imagination wonders how many times Chief Blackhawk, himself, gazed into the north horizon – hoping to find safety and peace for his people.
The fire circle stands today as a place where modern people gather to tell stories and warm themselves from the cool autumn days. The Leamy shelter offers  protection from the sun’s rays and gentle rain in the summer.  The forked tree suggesting a path split in two directions.
The story of Blackhawk eerily coincides with today’s placid scene. Blackhawks people using a fire to cook and warm themselves, a teepee for protection, and a choice of paths, which one would lead his people to safety? The answer is revealed along the Mississippi River.
The future of The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is also at a split along its path to completion. The choice of pathways is uncertain.  We are hopeful the path chosen will lead to further sculptures. The choice of pathways is yours.