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Best Public Art Installation (non-gallery)

1st Place: Sculpture Tour Eau Claire
2nd Place: Art on the Bus
3rd Place: Snow sculptures at
Winter After Hours

Though it moved across town this year because of construction on South Barstow Street, the Sculpture Tour Eau Claire still nabbed first place in this category by a wide margin of votes from Chippewa Vallians. The popular installation dots corners and sidewalks along Water Street, the North Barstow area, and the Mayo campus with sculptures by artists from around the country. And the tour seems to be here to stay: A new batch of sculptures arrives each May and remains in place for the coming year. Joining the category for the first time is Art on the Bus, a project that wrapped three new hybrid city buses with art designed, photographed, and illustrated by UW-Eau Claire students Jenny Johns, Aly Wheeler, and Luke Benson (the latter of whom also illustrated this edition of Volume One). The buses now are mobile murals, adding artistic flair to the streets of Eau Claire. And of course, snow sculptures created at Winter After Hours still hold a special place in our hearts. While the frozen creations by Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman are more temporary than the other competitors, they are no less intricate or awe-inspiring. –Taylor Kuether