John and Bertha Mehringer built the “Fountain City Rock Garden” into their river bluff hillside in Fountain City, WI in the early 1930s. The garden included small stone structures as well as beautiful glass-encrusted pieces of concrete and stone. The site had become overgrown and deteriorated and in need of conservation.
The pieces were moved to the nearby Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden and Museum in Cochrane where they were conserved and permanently installed, and are now cared for by the Friends of Prairie Moon. Ben Caguioa of International Artifacts led the conservation efforts.
Prairie Moon is home to the work of Herman Rusch, where the installed the work of Fred Scholsstein, another local artist who worked in concrete and indigenous stone, can be seen. The Friends of Prairie Moon see this as a way to recognize their heritage and the work of these local artists, making Prairie Moon an even more interesting local attraction.