BY KELLY KRUSE
The Downtown Racine Corporation’s 18th annual public art project of benches with celebrating, “Racine’s Past, Present & Future,” has officially been unveiled to the public. To make this year’s public art as interactive as possible, a free self-paced scavenger hunt called “Bench Marks The Spot” will be available all summer long.
During this scavenger hunt, participants will tour Downtown Racine in search of 33 benches, answering questions that pertain to each individual bench. If 25 questions are answered correctly, participants will receive a $5 Downtown Racine gift certificate. The “Bench Marks The Spot” scavenger hunt question cards and map are available in this edition of Belle City Magazine (page 9) and at the Downtown Racine Corporation office (425 Main Street). They are also available for download at racinedowntown.com/benchmarksthespot.
The Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin have volunteered to build the benches for this year’s public art project. As a thank you to them, a portion of the proceeds from the public art auction on Sept. 14 will go directly back to the Veterans Outreach.
This year’s artists are:
Nancy Barthuly, A Midsummer Day’s Dream
The DeRose Family, The Tooth Fairy
4th grade class at EverGreen Academy, EverGreen, Ever Learning, Ever Growing
Michele Feiner, Horlick High School – Past, Present, Future
Alexis Flores, For The Love of Racine
Michael Gaertner, PARIS ROYAL EST. 1925
Susan LaCanne & Gateway Students, Racine in Pixels
Megan Hirsch, Root of the city
Joan Houlehen, Do I have a CASE for you –
Evelyn H.Smetana & Susan LaCanne, Cooler Near the Lake
Brenda J. Lois, RACINE: ART-chitecturally Strong!
Olivia Manlove, Dedicated to Chris and Patti Booth
Anna Matson, Generations of Family
Rebecca McGowan, Golden Book
Connie Meredith, All the Seeds of Today are in the Blooms of Tomorrow
Nicole Zoe Miller, It’s time for My Stories
Paul Muckler, Vintage Postcard
Paul Muckler, Racine County Sheriff’s Office
Samantha Moe & Park High School, Panther Pride
Meghan Polzin, Gene Johnson
Visual Art Dept. @ Prairie School, Rooted in the Past, Growing Toward the Future
Tom Pulice, “Twin Disc Power Bench”
Jil Radtke, A Perfect Day
Angie Rayniak, “Wingscape”
Tara Schmidt, Smiles of Tomorrow
Maximus Siudak, “recycled parts”
Southern WI Center, Quilted Butterfly of Change
Claire Stein, Wild
Jasmine R. Van Brocklin, Visions of Racine
Veterans Outreach, Stars and Stripes
Veterans Outreach, Sunset
Erica Vetrovec, A Midsummer Day’s Dream
Kelly Witte, Lunch Break
Nicole Zimmer, “knock it out of the park” – Racine Belles
Kelly Kruse is the executive director of Downtown Racine Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.