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Sid Boyum's Sculptures

Many years ago residents in the Atwood neighborhood gave our city the wonderful gift of sharing the work of local artist Sid Boyum's sculpture's with the public. They fundraised, film-made, surveyed, petitioned, raised a maintenance endowment, and jumped a million hoops to make sure that an important story from the chapters of our community's cultural history would be preserved for generations to come.

For many years, Conservator Tony Rajer kept an eye on and maintained the Boyum sculptures that are placed on public property throughout the Eastside neighborhood. Unfortunately a few years ago Tony passed away. This summer the City contracted with Preservation Services, Inc., a husband and wife team that has been conserving Fred Smiths Concrete Park in Phillip's Wisconsin for many years.

One member of the duo is Lisa Stone who teaches at School of the Arts Institute in Chicago and who has written books on self-taught and visionary artists (Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection 2012 & my favorite, now a classic Sacred Spaces & Other Places: A Guide to Grottos & Sculptural Environments in the Upper Midwest 1993). The other is Don Hewlett who worked in the large-scale aquarium building world for 30 years. They are both incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and passionate about the work of helping communities save and preserve treasures from environments like the one Sid Boyum created in the Atwood neighborhood.

For information about the neighborhood effort to conserve Sid Boyum's sculptures please contact Ralph McCall.

To contribute directly to the maintenance endowment visit: Madison Community Foundation Schenk-Atwood Art Conservation Fund

Annie Stewart Fountain

Last Updated: 10/09/2015