Paul Bunyan, Fred Smith’s Wisconsin
Concrete Park, Phillips, WI
Photo: Robert Amft, Robert Amft Archive,
Friends of Fred Smith




Training City of Humboldt (IA) repair techniques at the Liberty Fountain,
John Brown Park, October 2009

Education & Awareness
PSI will work with clients and their communities to increase awareness of the history, significance, and appropriate treatment of their sites. Post-project maintenance is encouraged and is outlined upon request.







Theatre Nana “Larger Than Life” puppet performance, Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park, 2003
Advocating For The Preservation Of Art Environments
We believe in the preservation of art environments as significant, and in some instances, exceptional artistic and cultural expressions. We are in contact with other advocates for the preservation of art environments and other vernacular expressions.



We are passionate about the rich genre of art environments
combinations of art, architecture and/or landscape architecture — including religious grottos, sculptural and garden environments, transformed interior spaces, and other built works that are site and life specific. Such works are generally made by vernacular artist/builders who are or were not formally trained in art or architecture, and are often created with combinations of traditional and non-traditional techniques.

PSI approaches art environments as integrated artistic entities.
Work is guided by original documentation of site elements, as created by the artist(s). Preservation is planned to conserve elements as close as possible to their original state and context, during the time period of creation and/or the artist’s lifetime.

Preservation activities are planned according to the highest preservation and conservation standards achievable. Preservation activities are planned to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Preservation of Historic Properties for properties that are landmarks or eligible for landmark status. Preservation activities address elements in order of prioritized need.

Consultation & Preservation Planning
PSI consultation includes a site visit, examination of archival documentation and existing conditions, discussion with caretakers about site use and management (including sources of funding), prior conservation, and community involvement. PSI will provide a report with recommendations for treatment, maintenance, and training.

PSI conservation projects generally entail site research and examination, condition assessment, treatment, documentation, and training. Project documentation is provided at the project’s completion and includes a written report of prior conditions, a thorough description of treatment, and photo-documentation, in digital format, of all processes

PSI will consult on the organization of vintage site documentation and creating systems for documenting conditions and treatment, and creating a site database.  PSI works with engineers, qualified conservators, and other professionals as required. PSI is committed to training local people to work on projects as trained assistants, and to undertake post-project site maintenance

Nana Projects ( parade school and parade at Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park annual celebration, 2007

What We Do
psi at work with a small chisel