Nancy Metz White

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Nancy Metz White is an artist from Wisconsin. She has large-scale outdoor sculptures installed in two Milwaukee County Parks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. White uses brightly painted welded steel and forge flashings recycled from Milwaukee heavy industry to produce colorful tree forms. Tree of Life, which is 2½ stories high, was erected in Mitchell Boulevard Park in 2002. Magic Grove, a grouping of three tree forms, was installed in Enderis Playfield in 2006. Conceived as a community gathering place, Magic Grove includes benches designed by the artist and a commemorative brick walkway.[1] [2][3] In both Tree of Life and Magic Grove, bird forms perch amid the tree branches, adding a fanciful touch.

A smaller welded outdoor sculpture, Helping Hands, whimsically constructed from hand die forms recycled from a glove factory, is on permanent display at the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.[4]

In 2011, Fantasy Garden, a grouping of five larger than life painted steel flowers also made from forge flashings, was installed on the plaza of the retirement community, Saint John’s On The Lake, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [5]

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1934, White graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a bachelor’s degree in art education and also did graduate study there. She served as creative arts coordinator at Urban Day School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[6] White is also a printmaker and pastel artist. She was married to Joseph Charles White who died in 2009.[7]

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  1. ^ Gould, Whitney (May 27, 2007). "Neighbors help park bloom anew: Enderis among Mayor's Urban Design winners". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  2. ^ Ziegler, Jerry (February 24, 2008). "At home, in the park: Enderis residents take pride in community". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  3. ^ Cameron, Bruce (April 2008). "Magic Grove in the neighborhood park". APWA Reporter. 
  4. ^ "Works of Art at Mead Public Library". Mead Public Library. 
  5. ^ "Enriching Lives" (PDF). Saint John's on the Lake. September 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Blinkhorn, Lois (February 11, 1979). "A Case for the Creative Child". Milwaukee Journal. 
  7. ^ Silver, Amy Rabideau (June 17, 2009). "Engineer of many passions put people at the top". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.