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.
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.
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.
This historic collaboration between the two artists captured the strength and movement of an extinct Pleistocene creature brought back to life.
Pedro the Pelican serves as homage to Green Bay’s history and natural resources, but he will also beautify and inspire. Pedro’s expression is energetic, passionate, and stimulating. He was designed to be reflective of the major efforts put forth to reclaim and restore the Fox River. He also represents the flourishing downtown and vibrant communities of this region. Pedro is sure to become a landmark in Green Bay, both for its residents and as a destination for tourists.
This life-sized bull was made by local artist Carl Vanderheyden and is the second Vanderheyden sculpture on the museum grounds. Before arriving at the Neville in 2018, Ferdinand spent his first decade in Ledgeview, Wisconsin. Like Tundra the mammoth, this bull is sculpted from recycled steel oil tanks. Vanderheyden prefers to work with 12-14 gauge recycled steel, because it is sturdy yet malleable enough to sculpt with. In the artists own words, “each seemingly random hand cut piece of steel is individually cut and formed as they follow my will for their new life.” Special thanks to Renco Machine Company, Inc. for refurbishing the base, transportation and installation. .
“Loggers” is a fabricated steel sculpture depicting one man driving a team of two horses, transporting a large log on skids, with another man standing on the log, navigating was gifted to the Neville Public Museum by Associated Bank.