You’ve seen the public art benches on display throughout downtown Racine all summer long. By this point, you’ve probably stopped to sit on one of them while strolling the historic streets of downtown. Now, it’s time to bid on your favorite one.

From now until Friday, September 13th at 4 p.m., online bidding will take place at Of the 34 benches in total, 20 of them will be auctioned off while the remaining 14 of them will be permanently placed throughout downtown. The highest online bid will be the starting price at the live public art auction on Saturday, September 14th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Johnson Building (555 Main Street). If there is not a bid placed on a bench at the live auction, the highest online bidder will win the auction.

As a thank you to the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin for building the benches from scratch, a portion of the proceeds from the public art auction will be donated directly back to them. If you are interested in attending the live auction, you can purchase tickets at