Skills, Shorelines and Ships
2011

Rod Northcutt’s piece Skills, Shorelines, and Ships is a functional work of art. The work is a series of three sculptures made in the shapes of different kinds of boats with seating available for children and adults. The sculptures aim to tell the history of Wisconsin's expansion through the vessels that have traveled down the Fox River Trail over time: a Ho-Chunk canoe, a French guide boat, and a contemporary Great Lakes barge. Adults and children will be able to sit and play on the structures that embody the history of the Fox River waterways.

Interactive Immersion
2011

Arizona Sculptors, Stephen Fairfield and Patrick Marcus, are engineers by trade but bring their talent together to create thought provoking pieces of art. Similar style art pieces by Fairfield and Marcus are located in Roanoke, VA and Tucson, AZ.

Interactive Immersion creates a new media art environment that interacts with pedestrians and bike riders as they pass though the Walnut Street Tunnel on the Fox River Trail. Local fish and underwater plants crafted of stainless steel are backlit with LED lighting activated by motion sensors and controlled by a computer program.

Frog for Dinner

Frog for Dinner
2009

Arizona sculptor Stephen Fairfield is experienced with waterfront displays of his work. He has had multiple works selected for the Urban Trees exhibits at the Port of
San Diego.

In this largest commission for the Life of the River public sculpture walk, Fairfield has envisioned a Sandhill Crane feeding at the water’s edge. The 14’ steel sculpture depicts the bird gracefully bending over to pluck up a frog for dinner.

A clear demonstration of the circle of life, Frog for Dinner’s graceful solidity reminds us of how fragile our ecosystems can be and serves as a monument to balance in our
lives and in the life of our River.

River Monolith

River Monolith
2009

Andy Kincaid is a student of art at Lawrence University. Working with the guidance of faculty member, Rob Neilson, Andy has created a play on maps, place, and the role o the river in our lives.

River Monolith is comprised of two stainless steel halves. Approached from the south, this sculpture appears fractured, cracked in two. From the north, one realizes
that the fracture is the river itself, as an aerial photo is bonded to the face of the sculpture and the actual river, seen through the halves of the piece, also serves as the its own representation on the map.

Rather than stating, “you are here”, River Monolith seems to ask us, “Where are you?” Are you on the east or the west? Does the river divide us from one another or is it where we come together?

Coming Into Light
Coming Into Light
2008

Artist Joan Truckenbrod’s “Coming into Light”, is made of Ecoresin and diachronic film and stainless steel.  The installation includes a series of fish shapes that change color as the light changes throughout the day.  The artist celebrates the spirits of the Fox River using fish as symbols of the resonance of the river through history.

Currents
Currents
2008

Artist Don Lawler’s “Currents”, is a monumental stone sculpture made out of Indiana Limestone and Georgia Blue Granite.  According to the artist, “one can see the form of a keeled boat, its bow pointed downstream, negotiating the currents of a river”.

River Revival
2007

Bounnak Thammavong crafted an underwater excursion in steel along the riverbank. Three pieces straddle the trail itself. According to the artist, this work "celebrates the restoration efforts of the Fox River through reference to the Walleye and through the metaphor of a tree sapling bursting to life from the trunk of a long dead tree.

Renewal
2007

Carrie Fonder's monumental steel sculpture is evocative of both the Fox River's industrial history and its natural systems. The artist says, "the interconnecting forms in my sculpture represent the connections between the comunity, the river, nature, and commerce. The circle, like the river, is symbolic of renewal. The shapes that move visually around the center axis create a rhythm, like the flow of the river, changing, yet continually defining a center for our community."

My House of Feather and Stone
2005

Commissioned by newARTS

Dancing with Light
2002

Commissioned by newARTS