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Riding Waves, 2023

© Rendering by Audifax | Madison Public Art Project

Acrylic Paint on Concrete 


Monona, WI | at the Monona Drive Exit 



The Madison Public Art Project is delighted to commission this site-specific public art mural by the artist known as Audifax located under the 12/18 Beltline Hwy at the Monona Drive exit ramp in partnership with the City of Monona and Wisconsin DOTAudifax was inspired by Hokusai who created the famous “Great Wave." For this Riding Waves mural, six individual pillars serve as her most unique canvas to date.  Audifax connects the pillars together with her artistic expression inspired by the nearby waters of Lake Monona and Lake Waubesa using her artistic voice to highlight a more equitable future. This skillful hand painted mural depicts the ever-changing waters as a metaphor to bring attention to mental health awareness in our society. The expressive waves beautify an underutilized site and seek to destigmatize mental illness by integrating art directly into the built environment. This mural gives people the opportunity to engage and reflect on their own mental health journey as they ride past. 


To see more work by Audifax please visit:

Special Thank you to Krisite GoForth. 

Thanks Sponsors!

This project is supported by Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation. Supported by Grants from Target, The American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate & Social Impact, the Willy Street Co-op Community Reinvestment Fund, and an award from the Monona Tourism Commission. Major funding made possible by our Premiere Sponsors: Scooter Software and Metcalf’s Market. Thank you to our generous Gold Sponsors, MG&E, Studio Z and the Tasting Room. Additional funding made possible by our Silver Project Sponsors: Homburg Inc, and Herb Kohl Philanthropies. Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors including Buck & Honeys, Discover Family Chiropractic, and the generosity of private donors.

Download the Riding Waves Art Activity Guide here

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