A fundraising campaign is underway to place a landmark sculpture at Onalaska’s Great River Landing, a piece of public art that will likely become as much an iconic part of the city as La Crosse’s lacrosse players.
The sculpture project took flight last December after Onalaska artist Joyce Diveley assembled a committee of 15 people from a wide swath of the community. “We didn’t want it to be just artists,” Diveley said.
Seven area artists submitted proposals, with the committee choosing one by Mike Martino, a 15-foot-high abstract bronze sculpture that traces the circular flight path of a bird soaring away after splashing into a body of water. Inset in the bronze will be pieces of colored glass that will create patterns on the light-colored base from the light shining through them.