Hidden in the woods surrounding a simple log cabin is a trasure. You're welcomed in through a 65 foot long trompe l'oeil masterpiece of weathered log fence, a Native Amercian family, a bear and two cubs, all made out of concrete and cement.
Other tableaux sculptures include Abe Lincoln, Jesus, man on a raft, a cowboy on a horse, drunken husband, elves making wine, a goat and skunk, St. Peter and a water fall, and many more.
These were created by James Tellen started in 1942 and continuing until his death in 1957. The sculpture garden is open year-round, dawn until dusk.
Stroll the boardwalk and enjoy a self-guided walking tour on Sheboygan's historic and picturesque riverfront. Print out the artist brochure and map and take them along as your guide for a great time in your free time. You'll find artistic treasures from talented local artists amongst the many shanties that now offer everything from boutiques to bait stores.
Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating. Watch the sailboats and fishing boats cruise down the river and out into Lake Michigan. And take pleasure in the art of Sheboygan!
This is really off the beatepath. It seemed hardly anyone could tell me where to find this place. The only reason I knew anything about it was because of a VT tip and not even the website for the garden gave directions on how to get there. (Take county EE east until it ends, then turn south and go one mile along the lake on Evergreen Rd, it is just past the fire house).
James Tellen isn't a famous scultor. James Tellen isn't even all that famous in Sheboygan. He worked in a furniture facotry doing the decorations and in his spare time cut the woodland sculptures from wood or stone. Judging by the works on display, he was of a religious mind, but there is also an Abraham Lincoln and some cute gnomes. The stature are on display outside in the forest, under a canopy of trees that lets light flow in and gives the whole experience a semi-mystical feel.
Not to be missed and free to the public.