We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Not Simply Folk Art -”

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park
Chicago, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not Simply Folk Art -”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

We thought this would be fun and silly wayside stop and with little to go on but a little pamphlit with a black and white grainy picture, we added it to our itinerary for a stop on the way home.
It is fun,.. but it is a moving experience as well. The passion and artistic expression poured into these monuments is very complex. The size and multitude of these expressive sculptures each individually and thoughtfully created feels decidedly purposeful beyond the topic itself. Far more than a cornball funny wayside,and beyond simple folk art. I cant image anyone walking away without being moved in a very positive way by the experience. Well worth it!!
Worst website on earth - the gift shop should sell mini concrete sculptures - but they sell the most random items completely unrelated. (?)

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
2 Thank travel_Kate1000
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

51 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    27
    20
    3
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Jackson, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Have to like Folk Art”
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
Helpful?
Thank Marty K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lake Villa, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun”
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
Helpful?
Thank Charles36236
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vilano Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Northwoods Artsy Fun”
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
Helpful?
Thank Sharondelv
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Houston, Minnesota, United States
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
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
Helpful?
Thank Denise R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park also viewed

 

Been to Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing