Public Art at McMillan Memorial Library

Backwater Diptych by Gary Bowling. Given in memory of Barbara Brennan. Located in the McCourt Conference Room.

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Space Station (1981)
Sculptor Paul Yank (1931-2020) describes his work, "Space Station": "This is an environmental sculpture, which is meant to involve the view in active participation in the sculpture and its changing colors. The slightest movement of the viewer or the sculpture changes the combination of the many layers of color, thus mixing primary colors into many hues." After residing in the skylight for forty years, this sculpture is located at the top of the staircase between our lower and upper levels. It was a gift from the Consolidated Papers Foundations, Inc., which is now the Mead Witter Foundation, Inc.

More about Paul Yank and his artwork and the artist's website.
The Hmong Journey
Created by Youa Vang and Bao Lee Vang. Presented to McMillan Memorial Library by John and Judy Steele and the Friends of McMillan Library. This item is located on the southwest wall of the Library Commons.
Tropical Fertility by Chris Borggen
This mosaic is one of the first pictures made using small pieces of Consoweld laminated plastic. Consoweld was manufactured in Wisconsin Rapids and used for long-wearing decorative surfaces on counter tops and furniture. Consoweld Corporation was a subsidiary of Consolidated Papers, Inc. from 1953 to 1985.  Artist Chris Borggen made the mosaic in 1960 for Mr. and Mrs. Jay Somers, who donated it to McMillan Memorial Library in 1996. This item is located in the Adult Room, near the Local History area and photocopier.
Julia White and Evelyn Funmaker
from the series The Ho Chunk People by Tom Jones, Photographer.
Presented to the Children's Department of the McMillan Memorial Library by Joe & Lupe Ancel, Elaine Bushmaker, Peter Crawford, Susan Feith, Jeffery & Joan Johannes, Ron McCabe, George Mead, Russ & Jackie Miller, Edith Nash, Joyce Radtke, Mary Beth Rokus and Gloria Zager. This item is located in the northwest corner of the Children's Room, near the public computers.
The Fish Dock / Flight South
The Curious Doe / Door County Headlands

by Gerhard C.F. Miller.
In memory of Ruth Palmer Byers (1893-1974)
mother of Deborah Byers Bennett.
Waste Howling Wilderness
by Charles Dio
Presented to the McMillan Memorial Library by Mary McMillan Burt in memory of Laertes N. Burt. The title is a quote from the King James Version of the Bible - "He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye."
Located in the Director's office.
Wakely House by Gloria Janetski
Donated in memory of John Paul Getzen
by The Arts Council of South Wood County. Located in the Adult Room near the Adult Tech Zone.
Anticipation by Pat Ruesch
Presented to McMillan Memorial Library in memory of
Philip H. Flatt from friends. Located in the Adult Room near the Adult Tech Zone.
Historic Mural
This mural depicts the various buildings that have housed the library. It can be viewed outside the Library's previous entrance. It is one of a series of murals by the artist located throughout Wisconsin Rapids.

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Enlightenment (1982)
Paul Yank states that his 7' x 5' sculpture is a humanized sunburst radiating from its enveloped center to its extended arms, thus, developing new growth and many varying possibilities of life on earth. The symbol is also to represent the Library, a civic and cultural center for the South Wood County community. With the many disciplines and resources that one can find, study and make part of one's individual life. The Library is truly a source of enlightenment. The sculpture is located on the exterior wall of the Library near the previous entrance. It is a gift from the Arts Council of South Wood County.
The McCourt Conference Room also houses a painting of Margaret "Mugs" McCourt and formal photographs of Anna McMillan, Mary McMillan Burt, Emily Mead Baldwin Bell, George Mead, T.B. Scott, Alice McCaul Hayward, Richard Brazeau and J.D. Witter.