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“Have to like Folk Art”

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Phillips
Certificate of Excellence
Jackson, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Have to like Folk Art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Complex but primitive concrete sculptures. But, this is a unreal experience. Hundreds of sculptures in a couple acres. People, animals, plaques and other items all made of concrete and decorated with broken glass. Quite fascinating, a have to see if you're going by.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Lake Villa, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Just a fun place to visit. Certainly unusual. I just liked it and the fact that I could roam around and take pictures.

Visited July 2013
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Chicago
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87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Northwoods Artsy Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

You really need to stop at this gem of a park! A great break to stretch your legs and feast your eyes. The artist has such vision with the mixed medium of concrete, whole and broken bottles, insulators, antler and rock.Free admission, free parking and clean bathrooms.

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Minnesota, United States
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Drive through the town of Phillips, WI, and there it is. The huge concrete statues wait for you. Human and animal forms touch on American history (Sacajawea, the Lincoln's, the Statue of Liberty, the lumbering industry in early Wisconsin), the outdoors, everyday life (a farm woman milks a cow, a double wedding party rides a carriage and celebrates), even the beer industry ( a huge representation of the Budweiser Clydesdales complete with beer wagon and Dalmatian). Fred Smith left his mark on Wisconsin with this display of folk art that seems to go on forever. I didn't appreciate it for the art so much as for the determination and hours of work that Mr. Smith spent on his eclectic creations.

Visited July 2013
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Illinois
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101 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“How to describe this?!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is a real roadside slice of Americana -- and you probably will never have seen anything like it in your life!

The many life-sized (and larger) figures are concentrated in a small area, creating the image of a concrete army. The figures are elaborately decorated with glass and all sorts of things and are very detailed. They are lovingly maintained by "the friends of Fred Smith" and donations are appreciated.

Unfortunately, the museum was closed (we were there around 6pm) but I'll bet it would have been very interesting and help explain a lot about the man behind these creations -- Fred Smith. You can view these figures from dawn til dusk, but I think the museum closes at 4pm. Bring bug spray -- the mosquitoes were quite happy to see us!

NOTE: This can be a dangerous place for little ones because of all the glass shards, so keep your children under control.

Visited June 2013
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