About


Just as this area has been a meeting place for 12,000 years, the Mississippi River Sculpture Park is a place of gathering, reflecting the history of the confluence region. School children and adults on tours, community individuals and families, and people at the annual Prairie du Chien Rendezvous have all gathered here to learn about the art of bronze sculpture, and  history illustrated by the life size cast bronze statues. The central fire circle with its embedded bronze cultural symbols invites all to share stories and songs, have a picnic, or roast marshmallows over a bonfire.

Master sculptor Florence Bird, resident of Wisconsin, embraces the beautiful confluence region and its abundant history in her creation of this unique sculpture park.

In order to produce historically accurate portrait statues, the artist uses information from community groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Civic Club as well as from individual stories, local libraries, the Archaeology Center in La Crosse, Internet searches, Fort Crawford Medical Museum, Villa Louis, and Wisconsin State Historical Society. She also consults with representatives of local Native American Tribes.


As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Community Development Alternatives serves as the financial arm for regional organizations and efforts that strive to make Southwest Wisconsin more economically viable for residents and more appealing to visitors.

As each piece of sculpture is completed it will be donated to the City of Prairie du Chien and become part of the permanent Mississippi River Sculpture Park.