Kaaren Wiken began her metal sculpture career in 1996 when she attended a welding class at a local technical college, hoping to realize her dream of creating life-sized metal outdoor sculptures. Beginning with a full-sized buffalo, she proceeded to design and create all the animals native to the area, believing these to be the most appropriate lawn ornaments for one living in the Kettle Moraine.

Cutting recycled steel with a 23,000 degree plasma cutter, Kaaren has been able to bring into existence a whole menagerie of creatures to inhabit their property. Kaaren’s ability to visualize in 3 dimensions the different poses that the animal might take lends to the sculptures an uncanny look that Kaaren likes to refer to as 2 ½-D.