Phillips, Wisconsin is home to a very unusual park that is one of Wisconsin’s most interesting parks. This park was the home of Fred Smith. In 1948 Fred Smith needed something to do so at the age of 62 Fred started making these most interesting concrete formations of people and animals.
By the time he was done he had made over 200 concrete figures that depicted the local world around him. His concrete art is considered folk art and it represents many of the areas local legends like Paul Bunyan and Sacajawea. He made people and animals that interested him.
This concrete park will amaze you with the creative figures of man and animals. One complete horse drawn wagon display features 8 horses that are pulling a wagon load of barrels. It is called the Budweiser wagon.
Fred made many animals like a cow with her calf and a moose complete with a rack on its head and his family. Another animal family features elk. There are several deer in the park probably because they are native to the area and plentiful. A rearing horse makes you wonder how he made all of these wonderful sculptures.
He made many people as well as animals in his concrete park. A double wedding makes you feel like you are actually in attendance and a plaque of Iwo Jima makes you think about all the men who have served our country.
These sculptures are made of concrete wire and wood. Fred pushed pieces of glass into his sculptures to make them colorful and sparkly. The glass that he uses came from his tavern.
There is a mileage marker on the site that can tell you how far away you are from Ashland, Eagle River and other places. There is also a gift shop where you can get a souvenir of your trip to Wisconsin Concrete Park which is claimed to be one of Wisconsin’s 7 wonders.
Today Fred Smith is gone but you can still enjoy his art. Wisconsin Concrete Park is truly amazing in many ways. This is a park that the whole family can enjoy and it is wheel chair accessible. Each sculpture has a story for you to enjoy and ponder about. Admission to the park is free but a donation is nice for this wonderful place. If you would like to know more about the park you can go to http://www.friendsoffredsmith.org/index.html.