Trigon is a public art work by American artist Allen Ditson, located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The loosely figurative artwork was purchased by the four daughters of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Rosenberg in their memory at the time of construction of the Performing Arts Center, it is located on the East Kilbourn side of the Performing Arts Center near the Peck Pavilion and a grove of horse chestnut trees
Spanish–American War Soldier
Spanish–American War Soldier is a public art work created by the American Bronze Company and located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The bronze figure depicts a uniformed soldier with an ammunition belt around his waist and a rifle in hand, it is located on West Wisconsin Avenue between North 9th and 10th Streets in the Court of Honor near the Milwaukee Public Library
RiverSculpture! are public art displays found along the Milwaukee Riverwalk in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Information kiosks stationed near each presentation offer self-guided walking tours of this annual outdoor exhibition; each year, new sculpture pieces are unveiled at the opening of RiverSplash!, a three-day summer festival held annually along the Milwaukee River, until the festival's cancellation prior to the 2010 festival. The 2009 exhibition featured 15 unique contemporary sculptures from various artists, which are positioned at locations between Wisconsin Avenue and Cherry Street. Limitation Series: Bowls by Paul Sebben, 1993 Epiphanic Recurve Redux by Bilhenry Walker, 1995 Laureate by Seymour Lipton, 1969 Acqua Grylli by Beth Sahagian, 2001 Pere Jacques Marquette restored by Tom Queoff, 1987 Trigon by Allen Ditson, 1970 Victoria by Jim Agard, 2001 Round Ring by John Ready, 2009 Dream with the Fishes for Aurora by Cork Marcheschi, 1998 Gertie the Duck by Gwendolyn Gillen, 1997 Octagonal Ring by John Ready, 2009 Dancing Through Life by Schomer Lichtner, 2003 Gertie Gets Her Ducks in a Row by Benjamin Rothschild, 2007 You Rise Above The World by Richard Taylor, 1999 The Manpower Sculpture Collection In 1998, seven sculptors from Wisconsin were selected by a committee of educators, business people and architects, to lend artworks for installation along the Milwaukee River.
The first installment included: Stephen Feren's OK Ready for Zora, Narendra Patel's Cuculidae, Bilhenry Walker's Epiphanic Recurve Redux, John Richardson's Dura-Membrane, Claire Lieberman's Riversponge, Thomas Uebelherr's Bath Tub Madonna, Peter Flanary's Island. An initial 30,000 brochures were printed to describe each piece and give locations to the various sculptures, which included permanent sculptures by Seymour Lipton, Allen Ditson and Gwendolyn Gillen; the sculptures are intended to be on loan for one year, but the artists or owners of the artworks have allowed for longer displays, a few are owned by the Milwaukee Riverwalk District which organizes the exhibit. Since its first presentation, RiverSculpture! has displayed works by more than 75 sculptors, includes 12 permanent sculptures. John Ready's River Gems Urban Jewelry Collection, created from items of daily life was the featured installation of 2009; the entire multi-piece sculpture exhibit will be on display through October 2010.
Gertie the Duck
Gertie the Duck is an icon of Milwaukee, Wisconsin history and the subject of a 4-foot tall bronze sculpture by American artist Gwendolyn Gillen. It was installed on the Wisconsin Avenue bridge in September 1997; the story of her heroic efforts to hatch six ducklings became an inspiration for many war-weary Americans near the end of World War II. Gertie's story unfolded as a daily serial in the local newspaper for 37 days, captivating the residents of Milwaukee, the state and the country. Gertie's story began in April 1945 when Milwaukee Journal outdoor writer Gordon MacQuarrie reported that a mallard duck was nesting on a wood piling under the Wisconsin Avenue bridge. A total of nine eggs were laid and the duck kept vigil atop her nest despite throngs of visitors and motorists stopping on the bridge daily to check the progress of the expectant mother. Mother's Day cards began arriving for the mallard, the Boy Scouts formed a Gertie Patrol and a Wisconsin Humane Society officer was stationed to watch the brood as six of the nine eggs produced chicks.
Public interest continued to swell. Gertie and her nest were photographed by the Journal and local rival Milwaukee Sentinel, featured in Life Magazine and had a front-page story in the United Kingdom's Daily Express. Readers Digest ran a story on Gertie entitled "The Duck That Made Milwaukee Famous". Despite flooding and fire on some nearby pilings, five ducklings and Gertie survived the ordeal and were put on public display in the nearby Gimbels department store windows, where more than 2 million visitors peered in to see the famous feathered family; the ducks were relocated to the Juneau Park lagoon on Milwaukee's lakefront. The first book based on Gertie's story was "The Story of'Gertie'", published by the Journal in July 1945 and based on its daily coverage; the book sold out three printings before being re-printed by New York's Rinehart & Co. in 1946. That same year, Milwaukee toymaker Earl F. Wendt produced a wooden toy duck named for the famous mallard. In 1959, Nicholas P. Georgiady and Louis G. Romano, two Milwaukee-area teachers, wrote a children's book titled "Gertie the Duck".
The book was reissued in 1988 after selling more than 800,000 copies and translated into six languages. Gertie's story was told in an episode of GE True in 1963 entitled "Gertie the Great", featuring Jan Shepard as a reporter assigned to cover the hatching eggs. Gertie the Duck is a 4-foot bronze sculpture of the mallard duck created by sculptor Gwendolyn Gillen; the original cost of the sculpture was $15,000, it was given to the city by the Eppstein Uhen Architects firm and installed in September 1997. It stands on the northwest side of the Wisconsin Avenue bridge over the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee; the sculpture is part of the art displays called RiverSculpture! RiverSplash.com Gertie the Duck: Symbol of Hope
The Victorious Charge
The Victorious Charge is a public artwork by American artist John S. Conway located on the Court of Honor on West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, United States; the 1898 bronze sculpture sits on a 20' square granite pedestal. Conway's sculpture is the most important nineteenth century Civil War monument in Wisconsin. Four Union soldiers cast in bronze are caught in action. One of the soldiers has fallen and supports himself on his left arm, while grasping a piece of the flag staff in his right hand. A young private holds the flag high. An officer with a pistol in one hand and a drawn sword in the other continues forward, while another private leans forward holding a bayonet. There are various inscriptions on the work; the front of the base reads:TO. THOSE. WHO. FOUGHT. IN. THE. WAR. FOR. THE. UNION. 1861-1865 ERECTED.1898. The front lower left side of the sculpture reads JOHN S. CONWAY SCULPTOR and the back lower right reads FOND CRESCENZI ROMA 1898. Before The Victorious Charge, the standard for Civil War monuments was an idealized portrait of a soldier or an equestrian portrait of an officer.
Conway revolutionized the Civil War memorial by depicting a realistic looking group of soldiers in action. His sculpture exudes movement, faithfully capturing the intensity and horrors of battle. Thirteen years passed from the moment that Alexander Mitchell agreed to finance a Civil War monument for the city of Milwaukee and the moment when Conway's sculpture was dedicated. Mitchell had not yet decided on a design for the monument when he died in 1887, his son, US senator John Mitchell, agreed to continue financing the project with the help of the Soldier's Memorial Committee. They decided on a design. Lydia Ely Hewitt, John S. Conway's friend, stepped in and devised different ways to raise the $30,000 necessary to erect the monument, she and other women held various fund-raising events including Miss Ely's famous autograph book. As a final effort, she collected autographs from "famous Americans in government, science and literature and compiled them into a giant autograph book two feet wide and two feet thick, with over 2,000 signatures, with Conway's The Victorious Charge sketched on the title page.
When the book was completed, Ely auctioned the single volume to Captain Frederick Pabst, the city's most prominent brewer, to complete the fundraising." Conway was thus able to complete his sculpture, which he had cast in bronze by the Crescenzi Foundry in Rome and sent across the Atlantic to Milwaukee. The dedication of The Victorious Charge took place on June 28, 1898, coinciding with a four-day carnival celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Wisconsin's entry into the Union. Tens of thousands of visitors came to Milwaukee for the events. A band played "Marching Through Georgia" as Lydia Ely unveiled the sculpture, Mayor David S. Rose accepted the monument on behalf of the city. Although the sculpture was badly rusted, a complete restoration was completed in September 2003. Other John S. Conway works in Milwaukee: Agriculture and the Industries Bring Their Tribute to Milwaukee
The Spirit of Polonia
The Spirit of Polonia known as Solidarity, by Edmund Lewandowski is a sculpture commissioned as part of the fifteenth anniversary of Polanki, the Polish Women's Cultural Club of Milwaukee. Sculpted in 1969, this piece is placed on the South side of the Milwaukee County Courthouse located at 901 North 9th Street in Milwaukee's downtown; this nine foot, five inch stainless steel sculpture has three rings meaning harmony and infinity. While the brass sphere represents earth; each ring is a different size having one inside the other, therefore having each one get smaller the "globe" is the smallest. These sculpture is surrounded by five inch concrete pool. Both are in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Edmund Lewandowski went to Layton School of Art, he has created multiple outside sculptures, pursued painting, commissioned multiple advertising ads. The Spirit of Polonia, known as Solidarity was commissioned in 1968 and was created in Clas Park. In 1979 the sculpture was moved to in front of the Courthouse.
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Washington Monument (Milwaukee)
The Washington Monument is a public artwork by American artist Richard Henry Park located on the Court of Honor in front of the Milwaukee Public Library Central Library, near Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The bronze sculpture is a full-length portrait of a 43-year-old George Washington, stands on a granite pedestal, it was sculpted by Richard Henry Park and was erected in 1885 with philanthropic financial support from Elizabeth Plankinton. The statue was restored 2016-2018; the 10 foot and 6 inch high full-length sculpture depicts George Washington at the age of 43. "He wears a hat with flower, boots, jacket and pants. He holds a sword with both hands in front of him." There are two bronze figures at the foot of the base that were added at the suggestion of Miss Elizabeth Plankinton. One, a woman, points up to the statue with her proper left arm, while the second figure, a child, gazes upward while holding an open book at his side; the inscription on the lower left side of the sculpture reads "RH PARK SC".
The inscription on the proper right lower side of the sculpture reads "F. GALLI FUSERO"; the front of the base reads "WASHINGTON". The back of the base reads "The Gift of/ Elizabeth A. Plankinton/ To the City of Milwaukee/ 1885". Richard Henry Park's George Washington, dedicated on November 7, 1885, was the first public monument in Milwaukee, it was given to the city as a gift by Elizabeth Plankinton, popularly known as Miss Lizzie, as a gesture of her love for Milwaukee. "It would ensure, as one of the speakers noted at the dedication of the statue, that'during the coming generations when other men shall walk these streets, this monument will stand a text for the old and a lesson for the young.' Because this was to be the city's first public statue, it seemed fitting that the nation's first president, George Washington, be its subject." The 43-year-old Washington is depicted wearing an exact copy of the Commander-in-Chief uniform of the Continental Army. The sculpture cost about $20,000. Thousands of people attended its unveiling.
It was placed on the boulevard on one of the city's earliest parks. This location became known as the Court of Honor because of the crowning of Rex, King of the Milwaukee Midsummer Carnival Festival, which took place in the same area; every year on Washington's birthday the Military Order of the Purple Heart places a wreath on the monument to honor its founder. Artist Richard Henry Park was born on a farm in Connecticut in 1832. Park was inspired to become a sculptor after attending a Hiram Powers exhibition, he worked as a marble cutter's apprentice. The sculptor moved to Florence in 1871 where he met Thomas Hardy, yet he remained a popular artist with Milwaukee's elite, he became acquainted with Elizabeth Plankinton while making a sculpture of her father and they became engaged, but he ended up marrying a different woman. Park is known for sculpting a silver statue of Justice for Montana's exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago. A 1994 survey reported in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database indicated that the sculpture was deteriorating and that treatment was needed.
Problems include that Washington's uniform is covered in dirt and corrosion and that part of the head of the bronze figure of a woman at Washington's feet is missing. In July 2016, the statue was moved to the Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio in Forest Park, Illinois where Andrzej Dajnowski supervised its restoration. A great deal of fundraising has been done to support the work, expected to cost about $100,000; the process of moving the statue revealed several additional challenges, including the rust in base that he described as "a big issue because inserted a 1 inch rod in both of his legs and that's why one of the legs is splitting," and the possibility that Washington's sword is not the original but has been replaced at some point in the past. The restored statue, now a dark bronze color instead of the previous green, was returned to its pedestal at North 9th St. and West Wisconsin Avenue in January 2018. As the 3,000 pound, 10-foot tall statue was hoisted into place by a crane, Mayor Tom Barrett observed that "our first piece of public art is in pristine condition."
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