Iconic giant sculpture “On Balance” donated to the Lake Michigan town of Kenosha | local news


One of the popular sculptures that is part of the temporary outdoor exhibit along the City of Kenosha’s Lake Michigan Boardwalk now has a permanent home here.

Patricia Petretti, a founder of the Arts Fund, which coordinates the biannual Sculpture Walk-HarborPark, donated “On Balance,” created by artist Paul Bobrowitz, of Colgate, Wisconsin, to the City of Kenosha.

The huge metal sculpture was officially accepted by the city council.

“It is a pleasure to see Paul Bobrowitz’s ‘On Balance’ as a permanent installation along Kenosha’s Sculpture Walk,” said Petretti. “To me and many Kenoshans, this sculpture at the entrance to our port represents the welcoming strength, diversity and resilience of our community.”

Bobrowitz said he’s pleased “On Balance” is staying in Kenosha.

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“It validates that other people love what I’ve been able to achieve through art,” Bobrowitz said.

The 31-foot-tall metal structure has become an iconic lakefront feature as part of the 2019-22 Sculpture Walk-HarborPark. The 10 temporary sculptures are normally rotated every two years, but the current exhibition has been extended by a year due to the pandemic. There have been many people who have told Petretti and Bobrowitz that they would like to see On Balance stay in Kenosha.

“’On Balance’ was a wonderful addition to the lakefront and we are delighted that it will continue to be displayed as part of the sculpture walk. The City of Kenosha appreciates Trish Petretti’s generous donation,” said Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian.

While On Balance will become part of the permanent sculptures along the lakefront, 10 new sculptures were installed this week as part of the 2022-24 Biennial Sculpture Walk-HarborPark. The Arts Fund, a sub-fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation, coordinates the exhibition and relies on generous individual and corporate sponsors to support each sculpture for the biennial exhibition.

Natalie Strohm, the Sculpture Walk project manager, said people will enjoy the new sculptures.

“The Scultpure Walk is in its sixth season and every time we change sculptures, people are sad when the previous exhibits disappear, but happy when the new sculptures arrive,” Strohm said. “The latest exhibition offers interesting new art to enjoy.”

1. Coming Together, Stainless Steel – Artist: Bruce A. Niemi; Sponsor: Mary Tunkieicz

2. A Big Hello, Painted Steel – Artist: Craig Snyder; Sponsor: Kenosha Community Foundation

3. Blended Family, Lacquered Metal – Artist: Paul Bobrowitz; Sponsor: The Kloss Foundation

4. The Balance Between, Steel and Stainless Steel – Artist: Maureen B. Gray; Sponsor: Uline

5. Ascending Perspectives, Lacquered Steel and Cedar – Artist: Craig Snyder; Sponsor: Visit Kenosha

6. Whole of My Heart, Painted Steel and Rebar – Artist: Chris Plaisted; Sponsor: Friends of the Sculpture Trail

7. Sally, Welded Steel – Artist: Art of Joseph (Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV); Sponsor: Snapon Incorporated

8. Ball, Painted Stainless Steel – Artist: Paul Bobrowitz; Patron: Patricia Petretti

9. Dragonfly, Steel – Artist: Michael Pettit; Sponsor: Tom and Ruth Clark family

10. Transition, Stainless Steel – Artist: Bruce A. Niemi; Sponsor: City of Kenosha

For more information about the Sculpture Walk, email [email protected] or call 262-654-2412.

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