Public Art

Welcome!
This year will be Downtown Racine Corporation’s 16th year of Community Art! This year the Downtown Racine Corporation is proud to announce that the 2017 Public Art Project will feature BOATS!

Why Community Art?
Community art creates attachment to one’s community! Cities gain value through community art – cultural, social and economic value. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Community art provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.

And, it’s free. There are no tickets. People don’t have to dress up. It can be viewed alone or in groups. Community art is open to everyone, and again this year will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The Downtown Racine Corporation would like to remind you to please DO NOT touch, push, pull, sit-on or pick-up the artwork or any of the features attached. Our artists invest several hours of work into their creations and we ask that you please be respectful of them and the merchant hosting the piece.

The Project – Don’t Miss the Boat – Discover Downtown! 
Downtown Racine has a lot to celebrate this year! Reefpoint Marina is celebrating their 30th year anniversary, Festival Park is celebrating 30 years and the Antique and Classic Boat Society has chosen Racine has the place to host their 15th annual In-Water boat show featuring nearly 200 beautifully restored boats, coming September of this year! What better way to tie all of these great things together than an art project highlighting our great boating community and our fantastic life on the lake?

This year’s community art project will take on a new twist by featuring two different styles of boats. One is a sailboat and the other is a “Chris Craft” style classic speedboat. Artists will have the opportunity to design their boats in much the same way as previous years’ three dimensional art pieces were designed.

The original selected submissions will also be featured outside of select downtown business locations during the summer. Sponsors and guests of the Preview Party in June will be given the first opportunity to view the selected original artworks. The original works will be on exhibit in downtown all summer long and sold during an auction at Paul P. Harris Rotary Park (formally Festival Park) on Saturday, September 9th. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Downtown Racine Corporation’s ability to deliver quality services, energetic community events and enhance the community’s vitality and economic growth.

List of Participating Locations:
Nautical Fantasy, Racine’s Mermaid – Divino Gelato, 245 Main Street
Flowers A’float – Uncorkt, 240 Main Street
Set Your Course by the Stars – Gendlin, Liverman and Rymer, 246 Main Street
Release the Kraken – DoubleTree by Hilton, 223 Gaslight Circle
Caribbean Dreamin’ – Lighthouse Gallery and Gifts, 306 Main Street
Wanderlust – Plumb Gold, 322 Main Street
Feliner – Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street
The Incredible Mr. Limpet – Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street
The Aurora – Design Partners, 338 Main Street
Belle City Bird N’ Bass Boat – Seebecks, 402 Main Street
Venetian Night – Dimple’s Fine Imports, 416 Main Street
Harbor Lights – Downtown Racine Corporation, 425 Main Street
Seed to the City – RG Natural Babies, 430 Main Street
Sailing Toward the Sun(fish) – Reefpoint Marina, 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway
Flight Deck – Johnson Outdoors, 555 Main Street
To The Point – Johnson Bank, 555 Main Street
Born Free – Lakeview Pharmacy, 516 Monument Square Drive
Danish Heritage – Image Management, 610 Main Street
North Beach Mermaids – Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main Street
Thar She Blows – Racine Optical, 217 Sixth Street
Racine, Sailing to the Light – Millers Flowers, 219 Sixth Street
H.M.S. Pi No. 4 – Photographic Design Gallery and Framing, 411 Sixth Street
Diversity – Asian Korean Cuisine, 423 Sixth Street
Tropical Travels – Indian Motorcycle of Racine, 522 Sixth Street
Ropin’ The Moon – Pepi’s Pub and Grill, 618 Sixth Street