August 27, 2009
Name Sixth Street's new Barrel Boys mascots
In the better-late-than-never department: Three whimsical sculptures, called the Barrel Boys, have moved to Sixth Street, to remind people that all of the stores are open for business and to encourage people to shop on the street during construction.
The sculptures, made from construction barrels, stand nine feet tall. The Barrel Boys were made by artist Jerry Treiber, who has has participated in Downtown’s Public Art projects.
One of the Barrel Boys has a sign saying "Come See us," another says "15 minutes free parking" and the third's sign says "Look what we have for you."
They will remain on display through the end of the construction project in October. Meanwhile, the Downtown Racine Corporation is holding a contest to name the Barrel Boys. Send your suggestions to the DRC by Tuesday, Sept. 8; the winning names will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 12, during the Adirondack chair auction in Monument Square. Entries can be e-mailed to Terry Leopold or sent to: Downtown Racine Corporation, 425 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403.