Today on my walk I spotted two bison at the entrance to the bikepath!
I can't believe I had never noticed them from the road. I guess they are kind of hidden. And dressed as pilgrims no less!
I read online this was part of a neighborhood beautification (?) project a while ago. Here's what the Midvale Neighborhood Association has to say about the bison:
The Midvale Heights Neighborhood Association has been working with local resident and artist, Bill Grover to bring history to life at the site where the new southwest bike/pedestrian path crosses Midvale Blvd.. To develop a sense of this hillside, we focused on the geographic location and local history of our area. From this, we gleaned these major themes:
-Midvale Heights lies atop glacial till left here 12,000 years ago.
-The till is underlain by 500 million year old Cambrian sandstone and limestone.
-We live at the northeast edge of the North American bison range and the edge of what was the tall grass prairie.
We will build a circle of limestone seating area which will form an interactive sundial. Cryptic images symbolizing the hours of the day will be etched on the surfaces of the stones forming the seating. Other features of the site will include a boulder of red granite, our Wisconsin State Rock, placed to mark the hour of noon and True North, a Burr Oak and prairie plants will show us what the oak savannah and prairie might have looked like before this area was developed, a bison and her young will be formed out of concrete near a simple neighborhood sign cantilevered from a base of glacial boulders.
The prairie and the Ice Age are big up here!