Rather, they provide a sort of Rorschach test in which our perceptions say more about us than what we're looking at. In Madison, chief among them is the metal sunburst chairs reassuming their position on the Union Terrace at UW-Madison in late April. Today, it softens a man who has spent enough time in city hall to know better than you — and he’ll let you know it.
For example, few objects provoke as strong a reaction as the "blue fist" poster that was ubiquitous in parts of Madison during the 2011 protests against Gov. Love it or hate it, it's forever associated with Madison and its famous liberalism. The obelisk of concrete footballs outside Camp Randall is either an abomination or a towering representation of the University of Wisconsin's football dominance. In their oranges, greens and yellows, they color up the Terrace. * * *The Vilas Park shoe slide has been the go-to spot for romping children since the 1950s.
29 at Camp Randall Stadium, it will have been 3,675 days since the Gophers last touched the Axe.
This is actually the second edition of the Axe; the original, which was replaced with a much sturdier version in 2004, was donated to the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.
The original text of our homage to the sign appears below, but the picture above shows the refurbished sign.]Give this sign some time.
The vintage Orpheum Theater, with its once-regal presence on State Street, is getting a facelift from the inside out.
Others, like the brats we consume by the hundreds of thousands each year at the World's Largest Brat Fest, may not have been invented or even made here but have come to be so closely associated with Madison that they're in our blood. Soglin’s ’stache is as Madison as Soglin is, and no one has influenced the city’s personality in quite the way he has.
For longtime residents, these things remind us of home. The chairs fill with friends old and young, drinking, chatting, grooving to the bands that play on the lakeshore stage. The Terrace has always been Madison on its best behavior and at its most picturesque. You don’t need to swipe a card or pass through security to sit lakeside and catch the dreamy vibe. Saturdays on the Terrace come with the sounds of crowds and bands and football from nearby Camp Randall Stadium. Soglin might have the strongest case for having lucky facial hair, and that may be why he has never shaved it clean.