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
Walkways Through the Wall
Walkways Through the Wall is a public artwork by American artist Vito Acconci located at the Wisconsin Center, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States. Walkways Through the Wall is a sculpture, made for the Wisconsin Center, that intertwines public and private space. Created in 1998 by Vito Acconci, a collaborating team of architects, Walkways Through the Wall is intended to enhance the idea of the Airlines Center as being seen as one continuous plaza; the dimensions are 14.5' X 68' X 204', the sculpture stretches from outside the building, through its interior, out the other side. The materials used are: Colored Concrete, Standard Gray Concrete and Light-box floor; the sculpture passes through the walls of the building as if they aren't there, making a continuous path from exterior to exterior. Walkways Through the Wall is an example of Acconci's focus on landscape design. According to Wisconsin policy, 1% of the Midwest Airlines Center had to be spent on art. Instead of creating a piece of sculpture for the outside of the building, Acconci integrated art into the building's design.
Mark A. Wallace compares the building's concrete floor to taffy that slips in and out of the building, going through windows and the building's facade."From the outside, Acconci extends the natural concrete as pathways through the wall and into the building, bisecting the terra-cotta concourse. Each path heads in a different direction and ends with a unique purpose. In two cases, the path forms a bench at the street level. In another it cascades downward before ending as a sitting area on the level below. In still another, it leads to a stairway connecting the two levels. Light boxes mark the turns in the walkways where the concrete material ceases to exist, illuminating both the interior and exterior concourses." Special care had to be taken in the construction. For example, the benches had to be cast 6 inches thick, so as to be able to support their own weight and that of pedestrians; the resulting space is playful, yet Acconci envisioned serious objectives. The artist aimed to re-people the public space, encourage them to think about how these spaces are shaped.
He achieved this by creating a continuous plaza. "Acconci and his colleagues designed their "interactive art installation" with the hope that visitors to the Midwest Airlines Center will see materials defying physical properties and reflect on their own potential.'I hope they would laugh and think that something is doing what it wasn't supposed to do,' explains Acconci,'So if the material does what it is not supposed to do, maybe I, a person, can do what I am not supposed to do." This sculpture has a permanent place at the Wisconsin Center
Acqua Grylli is a public art work by American artist Beth Sahagian, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The artwork is a bronze arch depicting a mythical female figure, it is located on the west side of the Milwaukee River between Kilbourn Avenue. The work was commissioned by the Riverwalk business improvement district and dedicated in August 2001; the figure is imagined as a gatekeeper. Sahagian is a Milwaukee artist and proprietor of Vanguard Sculpture Services
Immigrant Mother is a public artwork by Croatian artist Ivan Meštrović located in Cathedral Square Park in Milwaukee, United States. The bronze sculpture depicts a mother with her children. Meštrović's Immigrant Mother is located in Milwaukee's Cathedral Square, opposite the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, it stands 7 feet high on top of a 4 inches tall pedestal. The female figure carries a baby in her arms. An inscription on the front of the base states: DEDICATED TO THE/ VALIANT IMMIGRANT MOTHERS/ BY WILLIAM GEORGE BRUCE/ IVAN Meštrović SCULPTOR William George Bruce was the force behind the creation of Immigrant Mother. Bruce was a newspaper business manager in Milwaukee born from German parents, he established the Bruce Publishing Company, is best known for his efforts in developing and administering the Milwaukee Auditorium. The esteemed businessman was president of the Milwaukee Harbor Commission and instrumental in developing Milwaukee's position as a world port on the Seaway, he published a three-volume history of the City of Milwaukee.
"Due to his distinguished public service career, Bruce gained the sobriquet'Mr. Milwaukee."Bruce bequeathed $30,000 to the city of Milwaukee for the creation of a sculpture that symbolized universal motherhood. It was to be dedicated to his mother, Apollonia Becker Bruce, as well as to all immigrant mothers bringing up children in the New World. "Bruce's heirs chose Ivan Meštrović to carry out this commission as Meštrović had immortalized his own mother's image in many of his religious sculptures. Immigrant Mother was placed in Cathedral Square in recognition of Bruce's lifelong devotion to the Roman Catholic Church; the sculpture demonstrates the dignity of motherhood. It depicts a mother carrying one child, with another child at her side, in a simple figural style. Tool marks are apparent on the sculpture's rough surface; this piece was dedicated in honor of immigrant mothers on October 1960 by the Modern Art Foundry. The Bowman and The Spearman
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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The Calling (di Suvero)
The Calling is a public artwork by American artist Mark di Suvero located in O'Donnell Park, on the lakefront in Milwaukee, United States. The artwork was made in 1981-82 from steel I-beams painted an orange-red color, it measures 40 feet in height, it sits at the end of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the footbridge that leads to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Di Suvero's artwork was commissioned by an anonymous donor, it stands tall at 40 feet and is made from steel I-beams, which the artist painted an orange-red color. The sculpture resembles a rising sun, is colloquially called the Sunburst, it sits in O'Donnell Park, next to the Milwaukee County War Memorial building and in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum. When the piece was first commissioned, the Milwaukee Art Museum did not extend to its present location; the sculpture's backdrop consisted of Lake Michigan. With the rising sun behind it, The Calling captured di Suvero's intent. Milwaukee's downtown lakefront had been a transportation hub since the 19th century.
In 1968 the lakefront's railroad passenger depot was torn down. The site was developed into an urban park. In 1980 the Milwaukee Department of City Development decided to place a sculpture in this new urban park, asked the Milwaukee Art Museum to select an artist to make the piece; the Milwaukee Art Museum chose Mark di Suvero, while an anonymous donor offered to fund the sculpture. Di Suvero's design for The Calling dated back to 1975 when he did some drawings for Emily and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr; the sculpture was never built, but when the artist came to Milwaukee and visited the proposed site for his work, he knew that the strong verticals of The Calling were needed to complement the scale of the bluff and the lake. Since its proposal, The Calling has been fraught with controversy. Community members and politicians have had a problem with the cost, the use of industrial materials, the abstract design, the placement, the donor's anonymity. Local politicians delayed the building of the sculpture while they debated the sculpture's design though the museum owned it.
"Gerald Norland, Director of the Art Museum, led the fight for approval throughout most of 1981, presenting its case to eleven separate hearings. The museum received a favorable vote in the Common Council in January 1982." Di Suvero proceeded to create the sculpture in his New York City studio. Once it was complete, he disassembled The Calling, shipped it to Milwaukee, directed the reassembly of the piece, it was dedicated in April 1982. A new controversy arose when the Milwaukee Art Museum's Santiago Calatrava-designed new wing opened in 2001. Dissenters advocated. Di Suvero refused to move the sculpture, stating "If you don't want it, take it apart and ship it to me." When questioned whether the sculpture should be moved, Calatrava deferred to di Suvero. He told Milwaukee art critic Whitney Gould several times that he had designed the museum addition to relate to the placement of "The Calling." The sculpture and its placement continue to be a point of contention between art critics and community members alike.
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