Marianne La Buche Bronze Sculpture Dedicated

Marianne La Buche, the newest life-sized bronze sculpture at The Mississippi River Sculpture Park was dedicated on June 7, 2020.
The sculpture, created by artist and sculptor Florence Bird, stands with five other sculptures at the Prairie du Chien park on St Feriole Island. After nearly a decade of community fundraisers, the sculpture was dedicated on a perfect summer day.
"I am so overwhelmed at how beautiful Marianne turned out!" Florence Bird said as she gazed at the finished sculpture. "The community and the board of directors worked so hard for this day."
Randy Paske, the emcee for the dedication told the audience, " We are here at The Mississippi River Sculpture Park, because of the contributions of so many people. This day is here because of the creativity of people like Cindy Hertrampf and Mel Igou who, together, planned, directed, and pounded the pavement seeking contributions from many of Prairie du Chien’s contributing businesses. This day is here because of the many talented people who tirelessly contributed their time to perform in the Follies. This day is here because of people like Tom and Cathy Nelson who worked to beautify the Mississippi River Sculpture park with trees, gardening, laying bricks, trimming the grass, general maintenance and so many tasks that go unmentioned but are so appreciated. This day is here because of the creativity and ability of Florence Bird. This day is here because of the financial support from so many donors."
Audience volunteers and descendants of Marianne La Buche assisted in the unveiling ceremony, Many of the audience took photos after the ceremony.
Prairie du Chien mayor, Dave Hemmer welcomed all in attendance and thanked the community for all of the hard work in fundraising. "Prairie du Chien is very proud to have this beautiful addition to the park. All who visit and live in this city should come down and view the Sculpture Park."
Mike Ulrich, Director of Prairie du Chien's Park and Recreation department, accepted the sculpture, "We are so proud to accept Marianne La Buche sculpture." He thanked the artist, Florence Bird as well as all of the people who contributed time and money.
Marianne Labuche was created and installed by the Vanguard Sculpture Services in  Milwaukee, WI.
View Photos here.
Dedication Video.