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The Downtown Racine Corporation’s 18th annual public art project of benches with celebrating, “Racine’s Past, Present & Future,” has officially been unveiled to the public. To make this year’s public art as interactive as possible, a free self-paced scavenger hunt called “Bench Marks The Spot” will be available all summer long.

During this scavenger hunt, participants will tour Downtown Racine in search of 32 benches, answering questions that pertain to each individual bench. If 25 questions are answered correctly, participants will receive a $5 Downtown Racine gift certificate. The “Bench Marks The Spot” scavenger hunt question cards and map are available in this edition of Belle City Magazine and at the Downtown Racine Corporation office (425 Main Street). They are also available for download at

The Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin have volunteered to build the benches for this year’s public art project. As a thank you to them, a portion of the proceeds from the public art auction on September 14 will go directly back to the Veterans Outreach.

This year’s artists are:

Nancy Barthuly, A Midsummer Day’s Dream

The DeRose Family, The Tooth Fairy

4th grade class at EverGreen Academy, EverGreen, Ever Learning, Ever Growing

Michele Feiner, Horlick High School – Past, Present, Future

Alexis Flores, For The Love of Racine

Michael Gaertner, PARIS ROYAL EST. 1925

Susan LaCanne & Gateway Students, Racine in Pixels

Megan Hirsch, Root of the city

Joan Houlehen, Do I have a CASE for you –

Evelyn H.Smetana & Susan LaCanne, Cooler Near the Lake

Brenda J. Lois, RACINE: ART-chitecturally Strong!

Olivia Manlove, Dedicated to Chris and Patti Booth

Anna Matson, Generations of Family

Rebecca McGowan, Golden Book

Connie Meredith, All the Seeds of Today are in the Blooms of Tomorrow

Nicole Zoe Miller, It’s time for My Stories

Paul Muckler, Vintage Postcard

Paul Muckler, Racine County Sheriff’s Office

Samantha Moe & Park High School, Panther Pride

Meghan Polzin, Gene Johnson

Visual Art Dept. @ Prairie School, Rooted in the Past, Growing Toward the Future

Tom Pulice, “Twin Disc Power Bench”

Jil Radtke, A Perfect Day

Angie Rayniak, “Wingscape”

Tara Schmidt, Smiles of Tomorrow

Maximus Siudak, “recycled parts”

Southern WI Center, Quilted Butterfly of Change

Claire Stein, Wild

Jasmine R. Van Brocklin, Visions of Racine

Veterans Outreach, Stars and Stripes

Veterans Outreach, Sunset

Erica Vetrovec, A Midsummer Day’s Dream

Kelly Witte, Lunch Break

Nicole Zimmer, “knock it out of the park” – Racine Belles

Scavenger Hunt Questions can be found here: BenchMarkstheSpot_Questions