On our final fall trip to the U.P. of Michigan we found ourselves driving through Phillips, Wisconsin. I remembered that it was the location of Fred Smith’s Concrete Park. This is quite the place and we usually try and stop if we are in the area.
Fred owned a bar across the street from what is now the park. He spent 15 years Fred, with no art training, filling his property with a cluster of cowboys, Indians, lumberjacks, and farmers; as well as elk, moose, bear, and ducks. He built his ponderous sculptures by wrapping wooden skeletons in wire, layering them with concrete, and embellishing them with glass insulators and Rhinelander Beer bottles from his bar.
More photos from Fred Smith’s Concrete Park can be found on my website