Wisconsin Life #507: ” Taking Shape”

November 17, 2017


Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald explores the Jurustic Park sculpture garden in Marshfield.  She meets sculptor Clyde Wynia, who describes his inspirations for his giant, whimsical creations, and Clyde’s wife, Nancy, who works in glass art.

Fitzgerald also shares more new stories from the Wisconsin Life team, including the story of Dr. Tess Onweume, widely considered to be one of Africa’s leading female playwrights. In 1996, Dr. Onweume moved to Eau Claire to teach after leaving her native Nigeria. Her work focuses on social issues and the importance of diversity; and in 2016, she was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Next up is the story of Roger Newhouse.  The Niagara man is a self-taught “fish carver.”   All of Newhouse’s wood materials come from Lake Superior.  His work has led to great success through the years, and Newhouse has eleven carving World Championships, featuring all local Wisconsin fish species.  His work has also been showcased at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

Then we head to Vernon County, where a Viroqua couple was inspired to restore their land back to its original prairie habitat by using a technique called a controlled burn.  The pair, who are also archaeologists, have made many interesting discoveries as they’ve geographically turned back time on their land, which is located in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.

Finally, we meet UW-Madison student Andrew Philibeck.  While finishing up his senior year of college, Philibeck also decided to train and compete for Team Wisconsin… in the Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness contest.


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