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Art on the Rooftop

Art on the Rooftop is a free exhibit of public sculpture in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens for the enjoyment of our visitors. The exhibit began as an outdoor pilot project in 2014 to help showcase the rooftop as another “must see” Madison destination. It has since become an annual program with artwork changing each year.  The 2018 exhibit, crafted by local arts curator David Wells, will feature six diverse works on the rooftop on display from May to November.

Monona Terrace is home to two Bucky’s on Parade in 2018! Be sure to stop by to find them and check out the themes at our location.

The 2018 Sculptures


BILHENRY WALKER – “Cosmic Slot” and “Solo Spyro”

  Monona Terrace Rooftop Sculpture Cosmic Slot and Solo Spyro

BILHENRY WALKER introduced light into his first paintings in 1968, having been influenced by SoCal Art-and-Technology gurus, Robert Irwin and Doug Wheeler. He has continued this modest exploration into the 21st century using both neon and LED-flex as his current lighting source. In 2013 WALKER began creating sculptures using LED-flex as a means of capturing the interior essence of his biologically inspired forms. Light appears to fill the entire interiors, limited only by their exterior shapes. Several of these pieces are or have been on display at the Artisan Forge Sculpture Park in Eau Claire , WI. Others were recently exhibited at the Gallery of Wisconsin Art in West Bend WI.


STEVE FISCHER – “Holy Big Bird”

Monona Terrace Rooftop Sculpture Holy Big Bird

STEVE FISCHER has been creating sculptures in Cor-ten Steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminum since the mid 70’s. His seductive ribbons of steel defy the hardness of the metal he fabricates with such perfection. He is a master welder with the technique to create seamless forms which float effortlessly in the air. Many of Fischer’s available pieces can be viewed at his “Sculpture Farm” in SE Wisconsin by appointment.


PETER LUNDBERG – “All Dressed Up” and “Growth”

  Monona Terrace Rooftop Sculpture All Dressed Up and Growth

PETER LUNDBERG’S sculptures are a view into his unconscious mind, a landscape of very primitive things, rudimentary elements of life, nature, science, spirituality and passion. For both the maker and viewer, sculpture, like music, carries a beat, a pulsing motion directed to and from the soul that when reveled in takes us into dreamlike states of mind. This state leads to questions and answers, uncovering mysteries, which ultimately give meaning to life’s journey. Lundberg is an internationally famous sculptor whose work is in collections in Australia, Sweden, Germany, China and throughout the USA.


JOHN E. BANNON – “Boolean Still Life”

Monona Terrace Rooftop Sculpture Boolean Still Life

JOHN E. BANNON used a Boolean data set in the composition of a sphere intersecting a cube. The vertical element represents a stem in the depiction of a flower in a pot and, at the same time, symbolizes the connection in the relationship of mathematics and nature. By presenting universal elements of visual perception from an aesthetically unique point of view, I work to create an experience that will open the viewer’s mind to inspiration and new ways of thinking. Born in 1966, from Arlington Heights, Illinois and now residing in Chicago, Bannon is a multi-media visual artist and educator whose work is seen in public and private collections worldwide. An adjunct assistant professor at the school of the art institute of Chicago, he earned a BFA degree in painting in 1990 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA degree in studio from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002.


David Wells, Curator
David Wells serves as Gallery Director at Edgewood College, in charge of the art gallery exhibition program and college collections. He is also Artistic Director of GLEAM: Art in a New Light for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. Wells has pursued interdisciplinary interests as a curator, arts administrator and practicing artist for over 35 years. David founded Curators Conversations Wisconsin, serves on the Wisconsin Visual Arts Achievement Awards selection panel (Museum of Wisconsin Art) and recently juried the 2016 Northeast Wisconsin Art Annual (Neville Public Museum, Green Bay) and Wisconsin Artwest 2017 (L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire).

The 2017 Sculptures


Sam Spiczka, Sauk Rapids, MN- “Nexus” and “Threshold”

Monona Terrace Sculpture NexusMonona Terrace Sculpture Threshold
Both Nexus, on Olin Terrace, and Threshold, on the rooftop, foreshadow the feeling of delving deeper into a place, and therefore into oneself. Spiczka emphasizes vulnerability in his forms, an emotive knowing that there is a black void beneath us which can either swallow us whole or bring us into bloom. The sculptures show that we can either ignore this reality or open ourselves up to it.


Jeremy Rudd, Dyersville, IA- “Onward and Upward”

Monona Terrace Sculpture Onward and Upward
Onward and Upward presents the collision of the man-made and the natural world. The planar form of the piece represents a rising cycle through time. Although made of wood, the natural qualities and tendencies have been stripped away to be made useful. Topped with a small wheel and arm, this sculpture represents the world of agriculture.


Bruce Niemi, Kenosha, WI- “Transition” and “The Glorious Ascent”

Monona Terrace Sculpture TransitionMonona Terrace Sculpture The Glorious Ascent
The fluidity of a hard surface is emphasized in Transition and Glorious Ascent. Niemi intends for each viewer to experience each sculpture in a different way based on their individual backgrounds. These two sculptures are meant to display the sense of beauty and wonder of the heavens and earth.


Bounnak Thammavong, Kingston, IL- “Sproutling”

Monona Terrace Sculpture Sproutling
Thammavong uses his Asian-American heritage to create a visual poetry that emphasizes the aesthetic significance rather than a specific meaning in his work. Sproutling is an abstract representation of a maple seed. Seed of vibrant earth-red rusted steel, and leaves of shimmering brushed stainless. The metals speak to the decay of a withering plant; giving way to the promised hope of renewed life; peaking from an enigmatic seed.


Gerald Siciliano, Brooklyn NY- “JC#2 (Homage Series 1)”

Monona Terrace Sculpture JC#2
JC#2 draws from the past, present, and future to establish a personal dialogue. This work is the second in a series of sculptures made in homage to others who have come before. A reinvention of John Chamberlain’s colorful metal sculptures made from crushed cars, Siciliano updates Chamberlain’s ideas by recycling discarded plastic bumper covers that contrast hard and soft imagery.


David Wells, Curator
David Wells serves as Gallery Director at Edgewood College, in charge of the art gallery exhibition program and college collections. He is also Artistic Director of GLEAM: Art in a New Light for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. Wells has pursued interdisciplinary interests as a curator, arts administrator and practicing artist for over 35 years. David founded Curators Conversations Wisconsin, serves on the Wisconsin Visual Arts Achievement Awards selection panel (Museum of Wisconsin Art) and recently juried the 2016 Northeast Wisconsin Art Annual (Neville Public Museum, Green Bay) and Wisconsin Artwest 2017 (L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire).