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Visitors may view a selection of Sid Boyum’s artworks around the neighborhood in which his house is located; at present the home itself and the dozens of sculptures in his back yard are not available for public viewing.

About the Artist/Site

Sid Boyum was an artist who lived and worked on the east side of the city of Madison, WI.  During his lifetime, this Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara neighborhood was a blue-collar community, although it is now more gentrified.  Sid was an integral character in the neighborhood; he drew pictures for many of the local business owners to display (and as a way of paying off his bar tabs), he created advertising posters for others, and he endlessly photographed life in his community. 

In the early 1970s Sid began to fill his yard with an array of structures and sculptures.  By his death in 1991, the backyard, side yards and front yard were entirely filled with an amazing diversity of concrete sculptures.  In the early 2000s, Sid’s son Steve donated a dozen of the sculptures to the city of Madison, and they were moved to various public locations in Sid’s old neighborhood.  Since then, the house and yard were abandoned, the sculptures falling into disrepair.  A local nonprofit organization, the Friends of Sid Boyum, formed in 2015 to ensure the long term protection and maintenance of all of his art work, and to build awareness of his artistic legacy. In September, 2016 this group purchased the home and are beginning the process of assessing, cataloging and restoring the artworks.

While today Sid is best known for the fantastic array of concrete sculptures found in parks, school yards and private home gardens in the neighborhood (all relocated from the original home site), he also ornamented the interior of his home.  Every room had a different theme and was adorned in a different way.

Visitors may view a selection of Sid Boyum’s artworks around the neighborhood in which his house is located; at present the home itself and the dozens of sculptures in his back yard are not available for public viewing.

~Karen Bassler



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237 Waubesa Street
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Latitude/Longitude: 43.095228 / -89.343128

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Visitors may view a selection of Sid Boyum’s artworks around the neighborhood in which his house is located; at present the home itself and the dozens of sculptures in his back yard are not available for public viewing.

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