Wisconsin Concrete Park

Always Open ~ Best Seen During Daylight Hours

FREE Admission ~ Donations Appreciated

N8236 South Hwy 13,

Phillips, WI 54555

One mile south of Phillips on Hwy 13

715-339-7282

In 1948, at age 62, Price County native Fred Smith began creating what is known today as the Wisconsin Concrete Park. Smith, a lumberjack, tavern owner, farmer, and dance hall musician, created over 230 figures depicting his vision of the local culture and the world. His work is considered by experts to be one of America’s most unique displays of folk art. Smith’s characters came from local legend and personal acquaintances as well as legendary heroes. His most widely recognized statues include Ben Hur, the Lincolns, Sacajawea, and Paul Bunyan.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Heritage Days – Get Hooked on History

May 16, 2015
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A look into the past in Price County and all that makes us who we are. Enjoy interactive history stations for the kids,
tools and skills used by early European settlements in the area, an authentic Fur Trade Era re-enactor’s camp,
ethnic food booths by area churches, stage performances with five (5) hours of continuous traditional music,
singers, musical instrument makers, storytellers, blacksmith shop, demonstrations of old-time methods of food preservation, heritage food production, and ethnic food traditions. Celebrate our northern Wisconsin heritage!
A great event for the whole family. Admission is $5.00 per vehicle.

What's It Worth? Antique Appraisal

May 16, 2015
Noon - 3 p.m.

Mark Moran, a former senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, WI, will be appraising antiques brought to him during Heritage Days: Get Hooked on History! A portion of the $15 appraisal fee will be donated to the Friends of Fred Smith, sponsors of the event, for educational programming. Pre-registration is required. Excluded items are all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; and Beanie Babies. Questions about objects not covered in the list above may be submitted to Mark Moran in advance at 715-281-5060 or moranm1953@gmail.com. Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donation, which require a certified appraisal.

Celebration of Arts in Action

September 26, 2015
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Painting Competition Judging starts at 4 p.m.
The Wisconsin Concrete Park is a Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Art Experience and one of five special art environments hosting a Plein Air Painting Competition in 2015. Participants are offered an array of instant opportunities to create art in four different mediums: painting on a life-sized mural, glazing and firing raku pottery, decorating the park garage with mosaics, and painting open-air, postcard-sized landscapes. All open-air paintings completed at the park are eligible for entry into the competition for cash prizes. Judging starts at 4 p.m. and awards are given thereafter. All materials for each medium will be provided. A quilt display, music, auction and great food make this a wonderful event for the entire family. Stop by on your way between the Phillips Harvest Fest and the Ogema Christmas Tree Festival; call for more information. For the location of other participating sites,
visit http://www.kohlerfoundation.org/grants/plein-air-painting-competition-wandering-wisconsin/.

 

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The Wisconsin Concrete Park has been named one of Seven of Wisconsin's Man-Made Wonders


 

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