The Neville Public Museum
2002, 2012 (refurbished)
Recycled Metal Sculpture
These Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs made their debut outside the Neville Public Museum in 2002. Later named Mama and Baby Bones, these sculptures have become emblems of the Neville’s mission and identity. Like the Neville they are products of cooperation, generosity, talent and community support.
The sculptor, Don Debaker, was a boilermaker turned artist, who fused his love for art and his welding skills by making bird and butterfly sculptures. Inspired by his find of a large industrial-sized chain, perfect for a T-Rex backbone, Debaker began work on his first dinosaur.
A gift from Marguerite “Mugs” Gardner. Special thanks to Renco Machine Company, Inc. and Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Mild Steel Sculpture
Babble represents three individuals in heated discussion. The circle holding them together indicates a unified voice. The conversation being had, and with whom, is left to your imagination.
Ned Cain’s sculpture was entered in the 60th Art Annual juried exhibition at the Neville Public Museum. Cain, a resident of De Pere, is a fulltime sculptor that has also worked as a model maker, teacher of architectural and industrial model building, and an inventor.
A gift from the Friends of Art of the Neville Public Museum, Ltd.
Additional support from Neil and Nancy Hacker Gneiser, Rosella Kelly, Bonnie and Jeff Willems, and Roberta VanLaanen.
Welded Brass Sculpture
Glacial Edge stands as melting pieces of glacial ice floating in a pool of water. O.V. Schaffer was selected by a committee to create a fountain sculpture for the newly constructed Neville Public Museum, in connection with the permanent exhibit On the Edge of the Inland Sea.
Born in 1928, O.V. Shaffer has become a renowned artist in Wisconsin, with more than 1,200 pieces held in collections throughout the Midwest. His work also adorns many public and private buildings, such as the Madison Public Library, Beloit College Campus, and Riverside Park in West Bend.
In memory of the McGinnis Family of Old Fort Howard and Green Bay.
In collaboration with John Koester
Recycled Metal Sculpture
This historic collaboration between the two artists captured the strength and movement of an extinct Pleistocene creature brought back to life.
Sculpted from recycled steel oil tanks and found objects, Vanderheyden's portfolio includes lifelike animals, birds and angels. His earthy transformations visually lend themselves to the environment and a lasting longevity. In this sculpture, his unique artistic approach transforms Koester's vision and design of the beast.
Individually, both Green Bay artists' work can be seen throughout Wisconsin and across the nation.
A gift from the Romaine and Mary Schanock Family Foundation.
Special thanks to Renco Machine Company, Inc.