Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vilas Park shoe slide has a new coat of art polish

The Vilas Park Shoe Slide Has a New Coat of Art Polish
Every summer, the shoe slide in Vilas Park is repainted by schoolkids. The entire shoe is covered with a patterned grid containing the design and the kids paint the squares. Kind of like a 3-D coloring book. Wish I knew who designed this year's version, which takes off on a lot of famous painters and paintings (see the Grant Wood couple and the Dali watch?) It's beautiful. The best kind of public art -- there's no "do not touch" sign. The art gets worn away by kids playing on it, and then it's time to paint some more. Cool.

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