The Connecting Communities Art in Public Spaces program creates collaborative public art that empowers Sheboygan communities. It develops interaction through the creation of art in public spaces to reconnect people with their own creativity, while working together to build a cultural identity that facilitates positive change.
Artist MARY ANNE KLUTH
ART IN PUBLIC SPACES INSTALLATION
826 N. 8th Street
Alleyway next to the Weill Center
Visit this stunning, large-scale installation by the artist Mary Anne Kluth and the Sheboygan community. It will be a permanent fixture in downtown Sheboygan for some time. This artwork was inspired by the natural land bridge in Virginia once owned by Thomas Jefferson. You simply have to see it in person!
Natural Bridge Study | Estudio del Puente Natural
Natural Bridge Study will be an immersive installation in the 8th Street Weill Center alleyway in Sheboygan. It will be built like a stage that will represent an image of the natural land bridge in Virginia, made from a collage of theme park and landscape photos. The image will be based on the Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church’s The Natural Bridge (1852). The final installation will be completely visible from the the street, but will visually break down into parts when viewed up close from inside the alley.
Natural Bridge Study will involve the local community, especially the Latinx community, by inviting them to contribute their personal photos of fake landscapes, which will be incorporated into the collage and painted into the installation. This is intended as a gesture of inclusion, metaphorically signifying the contributions of immigrants to America throughout its history, and also literally including the visual mementos of the community into a Sheboygan public space.
Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts,
Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust.
Additional support was provided by City of Sheboygan, Northern Wisconsin Regional Council of Carpenters Local 731, Quasius Construction Inc., Sheboygan Squared, and Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.