James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden

  • James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (site view, detail of We Whistle While We Work tableau, Black River, Town of Wilson, Wisc.), c. 1942–1957; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection.

    James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (site view, detail of We Whistle While We Work tableau, Black River, Town of Wilson, Wisc.), c. 1942–1957; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection.
  • James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (site detail, Native American family tableau, Black River, Town of Wilson, Wisc.), c. 1942–1957; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection.

    James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (site detail, Native American family tableau, Black River, Town of Wilson, Wisc.), c. 1942–1957; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection.
  • James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (site detail, bears and tree post, Black River, Town of Wilson, Wisc.), c. 1942-1957; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection.

    James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden (site detail, bears and tree post, Black River, Town of Wilson, Wisc.), c. 1942-1957; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection.

A rustic cabin surrounded by 30 realistic, and often whimsical, concrete statues. Former furniture factory worker, James Tellen, turned his family's summer cottage into a dramatic sculpture garden filled with figures depicting prairie settlers, Native American figures, and woodland creatures. Although not formally trained as an artist, Tellen adhered to classical notions of art following nature, and strove to make his work as realistic as possible.

Directions

From the north ...Take Interstate 43 South to Sheboygan, exit Highway 28 (east) to Taylor Dr. Turn right (south) on Taylor Dr. to County Road EE (Weeden Creek Road). Turn east (left) onto EE and proceed to Evergreen Drive. Take Evergreen Drive (south) app

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Other