Mystery solved: Artist behind small metal sculptures placed on Hoyt Park pyramid reveals himself

MADISON, Wis. — For the past four years, Milo Wenc has been a kid on a mission, inspired by the Hoyt Park pyramid.

“There’s a lot of mystery about where it came from and I wanted to add to that and give people an experience of finding these things here,” Wenc said.

So he put his artistic talents to work.

“I want to tell a story with them,” he said. “I want people to imagine where they came from and make up their own story about them.”

Wenc first started making his sculptures out of clay as a freshman in high school.  Now a senior, he’s upgraded to using scrap metal pieces that his dad brings home.

“I get pieces that have already had a story and have already been used in different context, like within someone’s apartment like a piece of a sink or electrical parts of a wall. I give them a new story and a new character.”

Fascinated by the clash of nature and mechanical objects, Wenc sometimes walks through the area waiting for people to find what he left behind, listening to what others might say about them without revealing himself.

“Seeing what people think about them and people’s different reactions to them,” he said.  “Just knowing how I’ve made an impact on people’s lives even if sometimes they don’t even know it.”

Sometimes, Milo places them in different spots to bring life to his imaginary metal world.

“I move them around. I like to imagine they’re moving by themselves,” he said.  “Somebody will find them like a day after they saw them the first time and see they’ve moved and be like, ‘Ooh, what’s this!'”

Wenc agreed to do this story after four years because he is graduating from high school this year and wanted to reveal himself before going off to college out of state. Wenc said when he comes home to visit, he will likely continue to put metal sculptures on the Hoyt Park pyramid for people to enjoy.

“I like a mystery and I like telling a story,” he said.