The "Old Woman Who lives in a Shoe" slide in Vilas Park has long served as a "museum wall" for temporary art that that reaches far beyond the nursery rhyme that inspired it. Unlike most museum walls, it has no "Do Not Touch the Art" signs. The kids playing on the slide wear out the art and it is repainted annually.
It looked different tonight when I passed it on the way home. Sure enough, at the top and bottom you can see an outline of the unfinished mural that is being filled in. A work in progress, caught at the midway-point. Work started today and will be completed tomorrow. Want to help? Madison School & Community Recreation welcomes you to wander on over.
VILAS PARK SHOE PAINTING! It is time for the annual "Paint The Shoe" project! This is a fun tradition to share as a family or for the informal artist! The public is welcome to come and help paint the shoe from 11am-5pm, Wednesday, August 20 & Thursday, August 21I've always been fond of this slide, a true site-specific work of art that that is playful and interacts in so many ways with its community. And I love the idea of art that welcomes being worn away by playing children. What better way to go could there be?