La Crosse to consider where to put Hatched Baby sculpture

The La Crosse Board of Park Commissioners discussed placement of Wolfgang Auer’s Hatched Baby, seen here, at Thursday’s meeting.

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The La Crosse Board of Park Commissioners this evening will discuss the placement of a Hatched Baby sculpture created by a German artist. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, 1433 Rose St.

Wolfgang Auer, a sculptor from La Crosse’s sister city of Friedberg, Germany, created the work of art as part of his Blue Baby project. The sculpture shares the projects distinctive blue skin, wide eyes and full set of white teeth.

According to Auer’s website, the sculpture is inspired by his daughter’s birth in 2007.

La Crosse Arts Board Chairman Doug Weidenbach recommended the park board place the sculpture in the Riverside International Friendship Gardens, Main Street walkway, library or another city park.

The sculpture recently was displayed at the Fitton Art Center in Hamilton, Ohio, and has been provided to the city for free. The city would need to pay installation costs.


Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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