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
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.
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Heritage Days - Get Hooked on History
May 20, 2017
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This year’s event features Native American culture and heritage exemplified by Ojibwe tribal members from the Lac du Flambeau and Red Cliff Reservations. Long-time musician and historian, Frank Montano, will have a display and share information on the history and craft of Ojibwe flute-making and playing. Members of the Lac du Flambeau Cultural Connections Program will accompany some of their elementary school children in presenting a reader’s theater performance. Brian Jackson, Lac du Flambeau educator and Cultural Connections activist, will also share in the program’s mission of developing students’ self-awareness through teaching and incorporating traditional values and language. Also from Lac du Flambeau, artisan, musician and award-winning educator, Wayne Valliere, along with three of his apprentices will create an interactive display of many handmade tools, implements and instruments including a birch bark canoe and much more. Many aspects of history made available through a Native American lens. Also feature 5 hours of continuous ethnic music from polka to Ojibwe drums to Barbershop and Czech Singers. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Fred Smith, Inc, and funded in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Enjoy great food, homemade ice cream, games, and the remarkable artwork of Fred Smith in the beautiful Wisconsin Concrete Park.
Admission is $5.00 per vehicle.
Celebration of Arts in Action
September 23, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to participate in this Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Art Experience offering an array of instant opportunities to create art in four different art mediums: Painting on a life-size mural, glazing and firing raku pottery, decorating the park garage with mosaics, and open-air painting of postcard-sized landscapes. All materials for each medium will be provided. Plus tour the 200+ statues made by retired lumberjack and self-taught artist, Fred Smith, and enjoy the works of art from the local quilt clubs hanging in the park pines. Live music, a silent auction, and great food make this a wonderful event for the entire family. Stop by on your way to or from the Phillips Fall Harvest Festival. For the location of other Wandering Roadside Art Experience sites, visit https://www.jmkac.org/explore-discover/wandering-wisconsin.
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The Wisconsin Concrete Park has been named one of Seven of Wisconsin's Man-Made Wonders