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The Gardens at MOWA comprises the four-acre campus surrounding the Museum of Wisconsin Art at 205 Veterans Avenue in West Bend, WI. It is bordered by the Milwaukee River to the west and the Eisenbahn State Trail to the east.
The Gardens at MOWA includes a green field for outdoor activities and festivals, a multipurpose courtyard, six groves of 800 quaking aspen trees, more than 1,200 hydrangeas, two sculptures, and interconnected walkways.
No. The Gardens is a public space and welcomes you.
- Orienting the building and its surrounding spaces toward the Milwaukee River to provide a strong north-south axis through a series of interconnecting sidewalks
- Generous groves of quaking aspen trees frame and accentuate the museum’s building
- Up-lighting in the groves of trees enhance the setting and create a lively city center
- Sidewalks create ample opportunities for both wayfinding and meandering
- The Gardens connect physically and visually with two bridges crossing the Milwaukee River, thus providing ample access to and from the business district
- A new handicap accessible path connects it with the main pedestrian bridge
- Fields of hydrangeas create a destination for garden enthusiasts
- Tree-framed courtyard serves as a space for intimate gatherings, weddings, and activities
- Reconfigured parking lot to better accommodate museum visitors
The sculpture to the south of the building is The Legend of the White Snake by artist Jason S. Yi. The acquisition of the work was made possible by the West Bend Friends of Sculpture. For more information, visit: http://wisconsinart.org/exhibitions/jason-s-yi.aspx.
The sculpture to the east of the building is Athena by Dean Meeker (1920-2002). The sculpture was created in 1991 of cut and rolled bronze and was a gift to the museum from the West Bend Friends of Sculpture in 2016.
The overall project budget is $2.3 million, which includes the purchase price of the property, architect and design fees, and development costs. At the launch of the public campaign, 70% of the project goal had been raised.
Your donation will support the development of the Gardens, a space for immediate use and for generations to come.
The project was designed by Jim Shields, HGA, who also designed the museum building. He worked closely with landscape architect Judith Stark. The landscaping was completed by David J Frank Landscaping.
Yes. The Gardens present endless opportunity to offer outdoor classes and events. Watch wisconsinart.org for updates.
Yes. For more information contact Private Events Coordinator Kerry Conway at 262-247-2278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your certificate will include a tree number and a map of the gardens to locate the tree you helped to plant. Given the number of trees in the Gardens, plaques will not be included. However, you will be recognized digitally on the website at wisconsinart.org/gardens.
Bloomin’ Holidays Eve will be held Thursday, November 8 in advance of MOWA’s annual Bloomin’ Holidays event, when we turn our attention to all things blooming inside for the long weekend, November 9–11.
The City of West Bend is currently working on its Downtown Riverwalk project. Reconstruction of the Downtown portion on the east bank of the river includes removal and replacement of existing retaining walls, addition of new walkways, plazas, stairs to the river for direct water access, a new pedestrian bridge, and new seating and lighting. Work is anticipated to be completed in November 2018.