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A ‘Hodag-asaurus’ on ice

Madison artist Timothy Browning has been placing his sculptures including a sunken Eiffel Tower and others on Madison’s Lake Monona for more than a decade.

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This year, Browning took his inspiration from Rhinelander’s legendary Hodag. Using what he said was a plaster cast of a Hodag skeleton, Browning this week installed a Hodag-asaurus on the frozen waters of Lake Monona that’s visible to everyone driving by on nearby John Nolen Drive.

Browning said he put the Hodag-asaurus on display as a tribute to Eugene Shepard, the turn-of-the-century timber cruiser who first hatched the idea of the Hodag. Browning said not many people know that after the discovery of the Hodag in 1893, Shepard worked with a group of local farmers to raise and release Hodags into the wild.

Read more about Browning’s sculpture here. See a brief video interview with Browning here.

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