Art and Sculpture in the Gardens

Throughout history, the arts have been instrumental in creating unique public places that yield physical, social and economic benefits for a community. Boerner Botanical Gardens is no exception in that it contains wonderful examples of art and sculpture.

See examples of sculpture from throughout the Boerner Botanical Gardens below.

Milwaukee County Percent for Art Program

In the year 2000, Milwaukee County established a 1% for Public Art Program for designated, eligible projects contained in the capital and capitalized major maintenance budgets, requiring that 1% of the total budgeted construction costs of those designated, eligible capital projects exceeding $500,000 be appropriated for public art. With the construction of the Education & Visitor Center, the Milwaukee County Public Art Committee conducted a call for artists to submit entries for public art at the Boerner Botanical Gardens Education & Visitor Center. Wisconsin Artist, Susan Falkman, sculpture “The Passages” was installed at the entrance to the Education & Visitor Center.

“My sculpture is a celebration of earth, fire, and water; an aesthetic expression of the universal energy that sustains the rhythm of life. I carve in stone, the most basic and mythic of materials – a gift from the earth, our bedrock.”

- Susan Falkman