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    The Town of La Pointe Public Arts Committee *solicited concepts and proposals for a large sculpture design to enhance the beauty and enjoyment of our town harbor area. We are thrilled we have 2 very strong designs to present to you. We welcome your comments about these designs as well as their proposed locations.

                             Please use this link to logon to Survey Monkey to contribute your comments.
    To learn more before submitting comments, please visit the La Pointe Center's website -

    We are not asking you to vote on either piece. We want to consider your comments and opinions and hopefully ideas in the Committees final design decision.  Funding for this project will not come from town tax revenue but be secured through grants and private donations. We have an initial donation from the La Pointe Center of $20,000.

    Here is a suggestion of design criteria for you to use with which to address your comments:
    -  The artistic quality, uniqueness, style and nature, aesthetic and/or historical significance of the art.

    -  Appropriateness of the site and location (working well within the scale and nature of the site).

    -  The art is thematically appropriate for the context of the site – assessing for local thematic significance, such
        as Madeline Island history and natural environment.
    -  Sculpture must allow for ferry boat visibility, and must withstand the winter weather as well as winds and


    Included in this article are the artists’ descriptions, some bio info, and estimated costs for each project. We have used pictures of models provided by the artists to create photo-shopped images of these designs in 2 locations we are considering for installation.

    1. The arm of the ferry dock to the left of the blue bins that MIFL leases and is willing to vacate for this project. We are interested in creating a small viewing area here with minimal beautifying. Some benches, plants, etc.
           2. Circle of rocks in the area of the Pergola space.


    Please visit the La Pointe Center page to learn more background and information about each design –

    Posters of this information will also be around town.

    *We got the word out by talking to Island artists, publishing submission requests in the Island Gazette for several issues, connecting with artist networks through La Pointe Center and Chequamegon Bay Arts Council, and contacting The Wisconsin Arts Board including Karen Hoffman, chair of the Wisconsin Woodland Indian Arts Initiative. Another person spoken with several times is Katherine Morriseau, the Ojibwe artist involved with the Jingle Dress Dancer project, who is a good liaison to other artists in this area.

    Town of La Pointe Public Art Committee     

    Susan Sabre, Chair  Peg Bertel, Charlie Meech, Robin Russell, Tim Sullivan, and Mary Whittaker