These steely connected characters stand sentinel at the entrance to West Bend’s Regner Park. The life-size silhouettes were based on real local folks from all walks of life and flame cut from two-inch plate steel by the artist, the late David Genzler. This “Tableau in Steel” was the first in a collection of civic sculptures and was erected in 1992.
Changing seasons, shade and sunlight give the rust-color still life dimension and movement. When you walk around it, the people flatten and meld into each other, then, as you move, light suddenly pours through the spaces and the people seem to separate, the dog pulling away from its master, the farmer striding out to his field, the man with a briefcase breaking out of form.
Even the winter snow can’t freeze this metal band of citizens. At their feet, shadowy gray ribbons stream out across the snow, rushing to Main Street to tell everyone, “Here we are!”