Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Waunakee's Barn of the Day!

Today's Pick: "The Spirit of Wisconsin"
Artist(s): Jennifer M. Cuccia, Jeff Murphy, Leo Nello Rotelli
Materials: 72 different inlaid woods, barn wood, copper, watercolor, glass, porcelain tile, iron
Location on Main Street: In front of Fred's Village Market
In their own words – Artist’s Inspiration: “The Spirit of Wisconsin was an enjoyable collaborative effort and helped me to celebrate my appreciation and many years of working with wood. I’ve always wanted to create this “salute” to our fine state. I am proud to say there are 72 different types of wood inlayed carefully to create each county in Wisconsin. Everything from exotic ebony to red oak was used, along with beautiful barn wood as background. I’ve also made a flagpole and other things of iron and copper to highlight my love for blacksmithing. The back side of our barn features a beautiful Autumn image of pheasants grazing lazily. The image is recreated using UV-safe inks from an original expressionistic watercolor by Leo Rotelli. Additionally our barn is enhanced warmly with a glazed tile silo - a nod to the original Gambrel-style barns."

You're invited!
Join us for an afternoon full of Wisconsin tradition as we auction off 15 unique steel barns from the 2016 Barns on Main Waunakee Public Art Project! Stop by on Sunday, September 18 during Wauktoberfest to take a one of a kind piece of Wisconsin art home with you!

This project brought together 15 artists, all from Waunakee, who created what Wisconsin meant to them on a 27" steel barn donated by Endres Manufacturing Co. The barns have been on display along Main St. in Waunakee since June, but now it's time they find a permanent home.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit local charities. This year the recipients of proceeds from the project are: Endres Manfacturing Co. Foundation, Schumacher Farm Park, and the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative.

Stay tuned as we will feature a couple of barns each week leading up to the auction on September 18. Keep an eye out for the next installment of Barn of the Day. For more information on Barns on Main and to see photos of all 15 pieces of art, visit

For photos, click on the "2016 Barns Auction" tab on the left side of the page.