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City arts board to consider decaying sculpture



Every piece of art decays.Some just do it faster than others.

A new proposed sculpture in La Crosse is meant to deteriorate over time.

That’s what the La Crosse city arts board will consider as an addition to the Riverside North development at a meeting this morning.

Local whole trees architect Roald Gundersen has proposed a so-called “eco-temporary” sculpture of intertwined sticks as a sort of gateway to Riverside North.

Gundersen wants to create the sculpture from invasive black locust harvested from the site.

His $10,000 proposal calls for the arch to decay and become an “ephemeral wire-frame and a memory of a memorial.”

It will resemble the Losey Memorial arch in Oak Grove Cemetery. The arch is meant to decay over time although black locust is known as highly decay resistant.

Gundersen envisions a community project with volunteers pitching in to collect the trees necessary and bring them to the site of the sculpture.

He has also designed the new canopy for the Riverside Park bandstand.

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