New artwork hopes to continue drawing crowds for the Eau Claire Sculpture Tour

By: Matt Hoffman Email
By: Matt Hoffman Email

They are beautifying downtown and drawing crowds to downtown Eau Claire. New pieces of artwork have arrived and are dotting downtown streets for the second year of the Eau Claire sculpture tour.

This year there are even more sculptures like these to check out. The artwork is from all over the country and even a couple from Canada. With the beautiful weather we've seen today many people are out and about checking out these unique creations.

The volunteer director of the sculpture tour tells me there are 31 sculptures on north and south Barstow Street and three on Whipple Street by the Mayo Health Clinic.

There is a wide variety of artwork that you can check out. All were selected from artist submissions by a jury of volunteers. You will be able to check out these sculptures no matter what the season 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They will once again be replaced by a new batch this time next year. The last of the sculptures were put up this morning and organizers urge you to come on down to the Barstow area.

"If you enjoy getting out with your family, and enjoying the nice weather we're having this spring I’d say get out and enjoy some of the art. There are a lot of great pieces for people of all ages,” says volunteer director Adam Eggebrecht.

Along some of the light posts on Barstow and Whipple you will see ballot boxes like this. By the end of the week they will have new maps in them that will help guide your tour of all the sculptures. Just in time for what's shaping up to be a beautiful mother's day weekend.

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