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Public Sculpture in Wisconsin
An Atlas of Outdoor Monuments, Memorials, and Masterpieces in the Badger State
Anton Rajer and Christine Style
With a Foreword by Susan Nichols
and an Introduction by Richard Zeitlin

"A treasure map to the state's outdoor sculptures, monuments, and artistic heritage, with text that captures a fascinating sense of the local stories behind these public creations!"
—Joanne Cubbs, former curator at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

From heroic war memorials to gigantic fiberglass fish, Public Sculpture in Wisconsin  documents more than 750 outdoor sculptures in the state of Wisconsin. Included are monuments, memorials, and masterpieces of traditional public statuary as well as religious grottoes, chainsaw and fiberglass creations, native American effigy mounds, and visionary environments created by self-taught artists.

The book includes an inventory of public sculpture from all seventy-two counties in the state, amply illustrated with photographs and maps and organized by region, county, and city. This inventory is accompanied by several chapters on the history of Wisconsin's public sculture and on modern sculpture sponsored by governments, corporations, and communities. The authors also offer valuable advice on how to go about commissioning, conserving, and maintaining outdoor sculpture. A special color section documents the recent conservation by Anton Rajer of the statue "Wisconsin," the golden figure atop the Capitol dome.

this is a photo of author Anton Rajer, at work on a conservation project. He is bearded, wearing glasses, and wears a blue work apron over his shirt.Anton (Tony) Rajer (1952–2011) was an art conservator, a continuing education teacher at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an author. He had a long and distinguished career, which included, among many other accomplishments, a certificate in French studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and a certificate in conservation from Harvard. He spoke five languages fluently and worked on art conservation projects internationally. The University of Wisconsin Press distributed three of his books, Public Sculpture in Wisconsin: An Atlas of Outdoor Monuments, Memorials, and Masterpieces in the Badger State, of which he was co-author, Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens of Wisconsin, and Paris en Panamá / Paris in Panama, an account of his restoration of a significant opera house in Panama. Rajer also volunteered at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, working with the Red Cross and FEMA.

Christine Style
, assistant professor of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, also maintains a printmaking and graphics studio. Rajer and Style previously collaborated on the book Dr. Rudy Rotter's Spirit-Driven Art.

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The cover of Public Sculpture in Wisconsin is illustrated with a collage of Wisconsin public sculpture, including the famous lady on the top of the state capital.

May 1999

160 pp.   10 x 12
25 color photos, 560 b/w photos, 8 maps    

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Distributed for and sponsored by SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture, Wisconsin, a project of the Smithsonian Institution, Heritage Preservation, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

"Happy the state that has such a treasure as this volume! With the publication of Public Sculpture in Wisconsin, Rajer and Style have not only produced an enlightening guide for Wisconsin residents to appreciate their environment, but they have contributed to the important debates about the process of collective memory and public commemoration."

—Gary Fine, Northwestern University

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