Madison Should Buy Earth Turtle Sculpture Located At Orton Park
Lovers of Mother Nature who have strolled thorough Orton Park on Madison’s isthmus have surely seen the Earth Turtle.
The metal sculpture from artist Tim Sprengelmeyer is prominently displayed near the Spaight Street entrance, and welcomes everyone with a metallic gaze. The turtle, made solely from recycled materials, landed at the park in late winter. The creation was made possible with the help of the Madison Arts Commission, and Parks Division through the commission’s blink grant program.
When considering where the artwork should be placed Sprengelmeyer chose Orton for the beauty of the park, and the people who walk through it.
I chose Orton Park as the location for Earth Turtle because of the beauty of the park itself. Also Orton Park is located in a neighborhood where the majority of people there share an appreciation of artwork as well as a commitment to recycling and taking care of the environment.
There is now some talk, in the initial stages, of trying to find a way to keep the turtle in the park. Artist Sprengelmeyer says the turtle was scheduled to be moved on June 21, but is trying to find out the level of support that exists for the city to buy the sculpture.
As a resident of the isthmus, and one who walks through the park almost daily (with James), I would strongly endorse the purchase of this amazing piece of art. It has never failed to produce a look, a smile, and comments such as “hasn’t moved very far today.” This sculpture blends so nicely with the surroundings of the park, and after only a few months is harmonious with those who live in the neighborhood.
Art defines us in so many ways, and this unique sculpture, located at Orton is truly special by reminding us why we appreciate the planet, and need to work for environmental ends.
Earth Turtle deserves to call Orton Park home.
Lets make it happen!