Wandering Wisconsin

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Throughout Wisconsin are several large scale, outdoor works of art that are known as art environments. The sites intrigue travelers and have become sources of local pride for residents. You'll find shrines, grottoes, sculpture gardens with concrete creations and a painted forest. You can download a map of the sites.

For more information, see the Wandering Wisconsin page on the John Michael Kohler Arts Center website, and you, too, can visit these unique art environments.

J.R. Manning, May 2019


Dickeyville Grotto (Grant County, Wisconsin)
The work of a self-taught artisan, the Dickeyville Grotto is a collection of concrete sculptures, structures and shrines dedicated to God and patriotism.
Ernest Hüpeden's Painted Forest (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Simple white frame building with walls and ceiling covered with murals
Grandview (Iowa County, Wisconsin)
A sculpture garden created by Nick and Katherine Englebert from 1937 through the 1950s.
James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Whimsical collection of concrete sculptures in an outdoor art environment
Paul & Matilda Wegner Grotto (Monroe County, Wisconsin)
An extraordinary sculpture environment by Paul and Matilda Wegner on their farm
Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden & Museum (Buffalo County, Wisconsin)
Lifetime collection of a self-taught artisan; Restored by the Kohler Foundation in 1994
Rudolph Garden Grotto and Wonder Cave (Wood County, Wisconsin)
A European-style shrine that includes acres of gardens, bridges, paths, and sculptures
Wisconsin Concrete Park (Price County, Wisconsin)
Sculpture garden of self-taught artisan, Fred Smith