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“Hatched Baby” having trouble finding home in La Crosse



A big blue baby is still an orphan with a temporary home at Myrick Park.

The clock is ticking for a La Crosse city committee, searching for a place to show off the 9-foot-high sculpture.

Members of the city’s arts board have until the middle of March to figure out where the Hatched Baby should go.

The sculpture of what is a blue baby coming out of a large egg is being stored at a Myrick Park shelter, but it has to be moved before park season begins April 1.

So far, nobody has agreed to take the piece by German artist Wolfgang Auer, who wants it displayed in La Crosse.

The Pump House board has not officially taken a vote on whether to display it, but there is already opposition to having the egg installed in a plaza behind the building — mostly because newlywed couples like posing for pictures in that courtyard.

The arts board is getting frustrated that it can’t find a location to display the baby in public.

“We’ve gone to the parks board,” Doug Weidenbach, who heads the arts board, said. “We’ve talked informally with the Pump House. As it stands now, we need to put our foot down and say, ‘We can only try so much.'”

The city board of public works also may be asked to find a spot for the Hatched Baby. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Tony Curtis

    January 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I think I found a solution to end the controversy over our ‘Hiawatha’ statue and ‘Hatched Baby’ artwork……

    “Hatched Blue Hiawatha”

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