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Glass artwork to be installed soon in Onalaska

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This is a model of the Mike Martino sculpture to be installed in downtown Onalaska next week

Part of the riverfront in Onalaska will be busy next week, as workers assemble a new sculpture at the Great River Landing, at 2nd Ave. and Main St.

‘Nature’s Backyard’ was designed by well-known area artist Mike Martino. 

Joyce Diveley with the Onalaska Arts Council says having an artwork which does not block the westward view of the Black River was a key to choosing the design.

“When we went to select a project, that was one of the big elements,” said Diveley. “Michael had come up with a design that actually frames the view of the bluffs toward Minnesota.”    

The arts council started a private campaign to raise $175,000 for the bronze and glass sculpture. 

Diveley says that amount should be enough to keep the sculpture in good shape for years, without asking for money from the city of Onalaska.

Installation is scheduled to begin on Monday, and the sculpture will be unveiled officially on September 24th.

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