On June 18, 2016, seven members of the Milwaukee-based Pinstripe Legends volunteered their time to carefully embellish nine fire hydrants with hand-painted pinstriping or illustrations in Downtown Baraboo. Pinstriping is precise hand-painted decoration often seen on vehicles. Pinstriping is typically done freehand using specialty brushes and enamel paints.
Myron Park Sculptures
The creation of “Lucy,” the second elephant in the BPAA herd, has inspired many who’ve peeked behind the curtain. The late Lucille Henry was a 95-year old resident at a Baraboo assisted care facility. On her trips to the doctor, her van would drive by Myron Park and there was a lonely wee elephant sculpture standing at the roadside. Lucille had fond memories of the circus and an affinity for elephants. She thought that the baby elephant needed company and she came forward with a very generous donation to support the creation of a life-size ‘momma’ elephant. One of the BPAA board members knew of a metal artist in central Iowa whose talents would be spot-on for this project. The link was made and Larry Pearson of Pearson Metal Art was contracted to create the second sculpture in the stainless steel family. There were many touching moments along the way once the commitment had been made to fabricate the sculpture. The Circus World Museum recognized Lucille’s generous donation to the community by arranging a surprise visit by three live elephants from the Museum to her apartment complex. Watching this elderly widow squeal like a 6-year old child was a priceless experience! Through the miracle of social media she was able to follow the progress of Larry’s construction of the project. She kept all of his Facebook posts in a big binder in her apartment. The day of the dedication was a magical experience. Lucille was there in her wheelchair, dressed to the nines. The trio of live elephants were there again, the community came out to celebrate the moment and the sculpture was named “Lucy” in honor of Mrs. Henry. She later donated additional monies to support Larry’s creation of a pair of twin baby elephants to accompany “Lucy.”
On December 1, 2017, baby elephant “Ruby” was the first sculpture to be dedicated in Baraboo’s Myron Park. The park is located adjacent to South Boulevard, a busy entryway for visitors to Baraboo. Named for her red glass ornaments, Ruby is a welded stainless-steel sculpture measuring four feet tall and seven feet long from trunk to tail. Myron is a long, narrow green space donated to the city by Victory Heights developer George Martiny in the 1950s and was named in honor of his late son, Myron. For many years the park remained underused, but Mayor Mike Palm envisioned a sculpture park that would appeal to visitors of all ages. In July 2016, at the encouragement of then Sauk County Board member Judy Ashford, Baraboo Public Art Association submitted and was approved for, a Sauk County Arts, Humanities and Historic Preservation (AHHP) grant to help kick-start the Myron Park sculptures. In April 2017 Madison-based
sculptor Will Turnbull, inspired by South African artist Andries Botha, proposed creating a wire-frame elephant figure filled with native “Pink Lady” quartzite stone, invoking both Baraboo’s circus connections and local geology. A generous gift from a member of the Martiny family allowed for the addition of Ruby’s custom cast glass ornaments by Madison glassworker Laura Richards. The City of Baraboo prepared the cement pad,
Gasser Construction generously provided a supply of quartzite. Students from Baraboo High School gathered on a cold November day to sort the stone by size. On Saturday, December 1, 2016, the sculpture dedication ceremony turned into a participatory event as neighbors, visitors, adults, and children helped fill Ruby’s steel framework with quartz stones.
Noah & Norah
The last sculpture addition was dedicated in 2020. A variety of funding sources contributed to the creation of “Kelly.” This sculpture was designed and fabricated by Lodi, Wisconsin artist Dean Allen. Allen had created an elephant family for Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells and was a natural to reach out to for the final addition to the BPAA sculpture collection. Dean tipped his hat to each of the previous artists by incorporating elements of their material selection in his open-frame design. The moniker “Kelly” was chosen by the staff of the local branch of Community First Bank, who contributed a very generous $5,000 to the project. Kelly was the name of an elephant who actually escaped the grounds of the Circus World Museum in recent years and had a short tour of the Baraboo residential district before being recaptured.
Captain Henry Every
“Captain Henry Every”, a bird-like creature with a long, alert neck, stands watch at an entrance to the Baraboo Riverwalk in the 100 block of Water Street. This ten-foot tall creature is wielded from a variety of discarded metal objects, including construction rebar and grass trimmer blades, by a regional folk artist known as Dr. Evermor. Eleanor and Tom Every generously donated this sculpture to the people of Baraboo in September 2013, through the Baraboo Public Art Association.
Dr. Evermor (Tom Every) began wielding metal scraps into large sculptures beginning in the 1980s. His imaginative works have been featured in many states, regional articles and travel guides.