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Snail's Crossing

How was the park created?

Over 2,500 children, students, artists and adults helped create this community earth art site. Here is the story (pdf).

What is a geoglyph? 

A geoglyph is a man made etching or shape that must be envisioned from above, way above in the sky.  If you want to understand more, click here.

When is the next community event for the park?

March thru April, 2012 workshops to raise funds for new tiles in the donor section of the walkway. Fridays, 5 - 7 pm, Saturdays, noon to 4pm and Sundays, noon to 2pm. Beginning Dreams forever studio, 833 East Burleigh st. Please see the flyer attached in the events for Voice It, Face It - Together.

How can you contribute to this living earth art project?

Help us at community events

Send your donation to:
Riverwest Neighborhood Association
901 East Wright Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Make your check attention Snail's Crossing

For any donation over $ 25.00, your name will be made into a ceramic tile set in concrete and added to the park.

Plan of the Snail
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Description: This is how the snail can be seen. The overall plan of the park is a snail. The walkways are it's body and the garden and boulders are the snail's head and eyes.
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Snail's Crossing Urban Earth Art Site
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Description: Every year more new people and lots of the same old people help to keep the park a place of community pride. These new people also have their name in tile somewhere in the park. So, this park is an on going living entity--as is the earth.
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A big investment from our neighborhood gardeners
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Description: It seemed as though everyone added their specialty to the project--all developed around this gigantic geoglyph of a snail. A place to slow down. A place to breath.
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A project of Community Involvement
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Description: While we received many neighborhood donations and a grant from Milwaukee Arts Board--the money covered the materials and a few small stipends for several artists. No money left--we asked for old garbage cans and painted them! We soon realized that the expensive new style garbage can does not have a cover and the bees would be unbearable. Things happen for reasons.
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Another Style Bench
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Description: Mario Constantini also made these two wonderful benches for the park. They seat many people and one bench has morning shade and the other bench has afternoon shade.
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Unique fence
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Description: A local business, La Lune and the owner, Mario Constantini, created this fence to help prevent children from running into the street.
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The Special Bench
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Description: Dyed concrete and stained cedar.
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Special Benches
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Description: Another Riverwest artist, Heather Eiden, worked with some neighborhood children to create this special bench. Many people helped to make the mold and to date we have cast and installed two benches.
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100 Bushes and Trees
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Description: Another 3 or 4 workshops were held just to plant the bushes and trees added to the park to help create the relationship between earth, art and people. Mostly all native plants were chosen, unless we received unkown donations, which we gladly gave a place for those plants, bushes and trees to live.
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Wisconsin Animals
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Description: Glenda Puhek, a Rivest Artists, drew in clay the wisconsin animal tiles. Several Riverwest Artists made oversize paw prints of WI animals. The shape of the mosaic is that of snail's tails--a quilter's design, symbolic of the patchwork of mosaic and a community. The snail's tails motif i used several times in the walkways.
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Hopscotch
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Description: Polish, Spanish and English are portrayed in the numbers. This piece was created in memory of Marvin Hill--a long time Riverwest artist.
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Tic Tac Toe
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Description: Games in the sidewalk.
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Student Foot Tiles
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Description: 2 Elementary Schools participated. Each student has there name as part of their class on a foot. The students created the foot tiles, from their feet. Tim Vertz submitted via email: 'Pitter patter, your little feet matter.' There are many sayings throughout the park that were submitted by adults and children from the neighborhood.
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Glazing Workshops
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Description: Lots of tiles. It was almost overwhelming. But many workshops were held and the adult neighbors, some teens, many artists, came to help glaze hundreds of pounds of tiles.
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The Sun
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Description: Always positive...even in the shade.
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Design for Mosaic
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Description: A big task to layout the tiles to get the appropriate color feel and spacial sense for the sun.
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UWM Ceramic Students
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Description: Janeen Shavers lead a group of her fellow classmates to design and create the 'Sun' mosaic around the red oak tree. Beautifully designed and very appropriate for the placement.
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Earth and Art
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Description: Here you can see the snail's antennae. The large boulders are drawing the snail's head. The smaller boulders are enclosing the circular garden which represents the snail's eye. River birch were planted on the outskirts of the large boulders to create a resting place or a passive play area for children, teens and adults. Many neighbors have planted various bulbs and flowers over the years to create a full season garden.
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The Snail's Antennae
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Description: While the antennae look like abstract sculptures in the park--they are the only element of the snail that is above ground. The rest of the snail's body and head is implied by drawing via the sidewalks and boulders.
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More Banners
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Description: La Escuela Fratney children are creating their set of banners for the park.
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La Escuela Fratney
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Description: Students from Fratney School are designing the snail's antennae and banners for the park.
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Inside / Outside
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Description: Imagine is encouraged amongst children with a creature such as this. The caterpillar comes before the butterfly.
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Social Play for Little Ones
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Description: A play structure allows very small children to play as well as allowing interaction and accessability for children in wheelchairs to interact with other children. Braille is also on this piece for children to learn and for those with sight impairment to be included.
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Process
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Description: The caterpillar before the steel work and fiberglass coating.
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Creating the Caterpillar
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Description: Pierce students are forming the caterpillar's parts.
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Banners for the Park
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Description: Pierce students painting their designs on the banners.
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Pierce Students
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Description: Students from Riverwest's Pierce Elementary School are busy designing the caterpillar social play structure and banners for the park.
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