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Arch of tree limbs could be built soon; deadline extended for new “Moment” art display



The plan for an riverfront archway to be made out of tree branches is moving ahead at La Crosse City Hall. 

The proposed Arch of Nature has been on the drawing board for a few years, and one potential concern was whether flooding would affect the arch in the River Point development area, but Jim Flottmeyer from the park department says that may not be a problem after all.    

The arch would be built from limbs of invasive buckthorn found in the Riverside Park area.  Planners expect the arch might last about 10 years before it decomposes naturally.    

The arts board approved the arch construction in early 2020, shortly before the COVID pandemic shut down many city projects.    

In other arts board business, the deadline to apply for a new art display called “Beyond the Moment” is being extended to February 15th.

The city recently sponsored a display called ‘The Moment,” consisting of artworks symbolizing the year 2020. Now, they’re soliciting art for a show featuring works that represent 2021, but so far, nobody has signed up yet for the new art show.  The deadline for submissions was supposed to be next week, before the extension was approved.


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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