DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) It has been said that art is in the eye of the beholder. And over the last few weeks art has been appearing all across De Pere’s downtown.
If you take a walk through downtown De Pere you’ll soon discover sculptures out on the sidewalk.
“We have aluminum, stainless steel, painted steel,” said Tina Quigley, executive director of Definitely De Pere.
Ten unique works of art – with names like Torrent, Pyramid and Victoria Lillypad.
“We’ve got a really nice variety,” said Quigley.
All submitted for entry in this, the inaugural year of Sculpture Walk De Pere. Funded by the city with excess stadium tax funds.
“Visitors who attend arts and cultural events in a downtown will spend double what other visitors will spend,” said Kim Flom, economic development director for De Pere.
“We know that art really has a way, an ability I should say, to transform a downtown and to transform an environment,” Quigley said.
In March Definitely De Pere put out the call for artists and Quigley says dozens quickly applied.
“There are several local artists but also several from outside the area, which I think brings a real nice balance,” Quigley said.
Over the last few weeks each piece has been installed and immediately people took notice.
“I think they are such a beautiful addition to East De Pere. I think it really adds an awesome creative element to the downtown area,” said Kelly La Torre, owner of Alpha Delights.
“Public art adds a uniqueness to our civic spaces and really sets your community apart,” said Flom.
On display through October a People’s Choice will be selected with the winning entry bought by the city and permanently installed downtown.
“I think what it’s doing is adding a bit of joy and inspiration to people’s everyday lives,” Quigley said.
More art to join existing murals and very soon artistic benches – public art projects adding to De Pere’s unique downtown.
Quigley hopes to bring in 20 sculptures for next year’s sculpture walk.