Behind the Lens: Jim Legault

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We’re thrilled to share selections from a recent donation of images from photographer Jim Legault. Jim says of his long career behind the lens and on the water, “Two threads have woven my life together–photography and the sea.”

He has worked on boats from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean and captained a charter in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, for many years. He’s photographed an impressive array of subjects, including the Mexican Sheertailed Hummingbird (in partnership with the National Geographic Society), the ecological impact of commercial fisheries, and discrete shrines and grottos installed in yards around Wisconsin. To learn more about Jim’s work, please visit his website Jim’s donation to SPACES includes images from the early 1970s of Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin; Albert Zahn’s Birds Park in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin; and Sabato Rodia’s Watts Towers in Los Angeles.



Jim Legault at the Watts Towers

We’re so grateful to Jim Legault for sharing these important images with SPACES. If you have documentation of art environments that you are interested in gifting to the SPACES collection, please reach out to us at

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