Monday, July 14, 2008

phillips concrete park

On a recent trip to northern wisconsin, we passed through Phillips to check out the concrete park created by Fred Smith. Fred was a son of German immigrants, born in 1886 he spent his working life as a north woodsman. With two other men, he built the Rock Garden Tavern in 1936, which he ultimately managed after his retirement from lumberjacking in 1949. In 1950 this self-taught sculptor began crafting his unique entourage of cowboys, miners, Indians, and soldiers.

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