Gear 23

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Gear 23
Artist Steven Feren
Year 1992
Type steel, brass, glass, mosaic
Dimensions 240 cm × 280 cm × 110 cm (96 in × 112 in × 43.5 in)
Location Fire Engine Company #4, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°7′0.396″N 88°1′53.558″W / 43.11677667°N 88.03154389°W / 43.11677667; -88.03154389Coordinates: 43°7′0.396″N 88°1′53.558″W / 43.11677667°N 88.03154389°W / 43.11677667; -88.03154389
Owner City of Milwaukee

Gear 23 is a public art work by artist Steven Feren. It is installed at the Milwaukee Fire Department's Engine Company #4 station on the northwest side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1]


Gear 23 presents what appears to be a firefighter's closet. An open framed space made of shiny textured steel includes a top shelf on which four firefighter's helmets are placed. Each helmet displays the name of a firefighter who died in the line of duty. Below the helmets hang four coats on hangers suspended from a brass vertical pole. Below the coats, four sets of boots and trousers rest on a textured steel step. Leaning against the outside of the steps and closet are two coiled fire hoses. The hoses, clothing and helmets are made of colorful mosaic. The entire sculpture rests on a rectangular concrete pad.[1] According to a St. Petersburg Times interview with the artist, "The hanging jackets evoked the image of firefighters waiting for a call. The empty coats seemed to embody the soul of all firefighters, not just the four who died."[2]


  1. ^ a b Save Outdoor Sculpture, Milwaukee Survey (1993). "Gear 23 (sculpture)". Inventory of American Sculpture. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Karp, David (16 April 2002). "Honoring their courage: Tampa begins the sensitive task of creating a memorial for firefighters who have died". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 28 December 2012.