Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center News

Benches By the Bay Throughout Sturgeon Bay’s Lively Downtown

Stroll the streets of Sturgeon Bay, taking in the sights and sounds of the historic, maritime city. Stop and relax in the comfort and fun of one of 25 artistically elaborated or constructed “Benches By the Bay” benches on display and for your use. Be sure to stop by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (36 S. Third Ave) to sign our “Graffiti Bench” (pens available M-F, 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun, 9am-3pm).

Artists from Door County, Wisconsin and Illinois worked all winter to create their interpretations of Sturgeon Bay, and project them onto a two-seat, straight-back style bench.

The benches are the newest interpretation of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s 3-dimensional art on the streets. Artists submitted designs and were selected by a community jury.

Each artist used either the blank canvas of a two-seat, straight-back style cedar bench made by John Rosenthal and Glen VanderVelden, tech education teachers at Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door Schools, respectively, or crafted their own bench from a variety of materials.

These weather resistant benches will be on display around the city throughout the summer.

Hunt for the benches on your own – Bench Scavenger Hunts are a great family activity – or stop by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center for a map of where each bench is located. Or view them all here!

John Purves Fireboat Bench by the Bay

Like the sturgeon, lighthouses, and sails of years past, the benches will be sold at a live auction following the Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Martin Park (207 S. Third Ave).

Proceeds from the auction benefit the artist, and public art projects in Sturgeon Bay.

Unable to attend the auction? Bid by absentee all summer long! Cast your bid at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, 36 S. Third Ave., downtown Sturgeon Bay, or via our website: CLICK HERE.