As Sturgeon Bay continues to expand so does opportunities to add to the city’s beauty. Sturgeon Bay residents Chris Kellems and Beth Renstrom have been catalysts behind an idea to bring a Woolly mammoth sculpture to Sturgeon Bay’s leg of the Ice Age Trail. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved the donation of the sculpture upon funds being met. Kellems was attracted to bringing the mammoth to Sturgeon Bay, because the mammoth is a symbol of the Ice Age Trail. Kellems originally spotted the mammoth at the Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Fish Creek. She also knew as she laid eyes on the mammoth that she wanted to raise the money to buy the mammoth and move it to Sturgeon Bay.
To begin fundraising, Kellems had to gain approval from multiple boards. While the project doesn’t yet have capital or a set spot behind it, Kellems said the idea has received overwhelming support including people pledging to donate. Destination Sturgeon Bay is even willing to handle the project’s funding. The city’s role is not confirmed yet, but will likely revolve around affording the mammoth with a site and site preparation. Common Council member Helen Bacon, who made the motion to approve funds, spoke about the fun that the mammoth sculpture will give people passing by.
The motion to approve the donation unanimously passed. Destination Sturgeon Bay is the recipient for all monetary donations.