I’m a big fan of sculpture parks. Have I mentioned this before? Art + Nature in the right hands can be a very powerful combination. I particularly like parks that take great care in their placement of sculptures, that allow the art works to resonate with the natural surroundings. It’s even better when the artists have been sensitive to those surroundings and created works that establish some kind of dialogue with nature. The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, which I visited on my way to a wedding in Wausau, is a nice one. It is one of three that I visited for the first time in 2021. I think it’s about time I got around to sharing them with you.
According to its website the Stevens Point Sculpture Park’s mission “is to provide a welcoming and accessible outdoor venue for diverse work including environmental art, exhibitions, activities, and educational programs. Our goal is to enhance the cultural life of our community and surrounding area.”
The website’s introduction continues: “We invite you to explore beautiful art installations along our scenic trail. Leisurely stroll through towering pines to discover a unique connection between nature and art. Sitting on 20-acres and connected to the Green Circle Trail, the Stevens Point Sculpture Park features artwork from local, regional, and national artists.”
While I personally wouldn’t call this park “unique” (unless that refers to the specific sculptures that are present), and although the quality of the different pieces varied a bit in my judgement, on the whole it was a lovely leisurely stroll through the pines, discovering artworks lurking in the shadows around every bend—many of them truly impressive. The map of the park indicates that currently there are 45 sculptures, but I notice that a couple of my own favorites are not on the map. Either they were temporary installations or the map is not up-to-date.
Here are my selections in no special order. Captioning information draws on the labeling plaques that accompany most of the sculptures.
The featured photo at the top shows “Landscape with Perspective,” by Dee Dee Morrison (Birmingham, AL). For more information go to the Stevens Point Sculpture Park website.
Eddee Daniel is a former art teacher as well as the curator of The Natural Realm.