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Statue will honor Miller Park workers


Habush, Habush and Rottier Charitable Foundation, the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District are joining forces to honor Miller Park workers.

The men and women whose hard work built Miller Park, Wisconsin's newest and largest landmark, will be remembered with the largest permanent tribute to workers in Wisconsin, constructed as a testament to a job well done.

A three-figure, bronze statuary with the previously announced Workers Wall behind it makes up the tribute. The statue will stand 12 feet, 4 inches tall and is a gift from the Habush, Habush and Rottier Charitable Foundation.

The Brewers have dedicated a 26.500 square foot site to host the sculpture and wall. It will be known as Workers Walkway. The formal unveiling of the tribute is set for August 24 of this year, prior to the game between the Brewers and Colorado Rockies.

Recently, attorney Robert L. Habush, president of Habush, Habush and Rottier, displayed the $250,000 bronze sculpture of three workers, appropriately titled Teamwork. "It is a great pleasure for us to donate to the people of Wisconsin this permanent tribute to workers," Habush said.

"The statuary that we have commissioned will celebrate and memorialize all the workers who helped build Miller Park. But most importantly, it will be dedicated to the memory of three ironworkers who gave their lives during construction- Jeffrey Wischer, William De Grave and Jerome Starr," said Dan Rottier, president of the Habush, Habush and Rottier Charitable Foundation.

Habush added, "We cannot, and must not, forget the workers' roles in this project. Remembering their spirit, their contributions, their families and what they represent in this project is important."

According to Frank Busalacchi, secretary/treasurer of the Teamsters Local 200 and Construction Chairman for the Southeast Wisconsin Professional baseball Park District, the Workers Wall will include bronze plates that list each of the 5,000 workers who helped build Miller Park.

"Miller Park provided an opportunity for the workers of Wisconsin to exercise all their skills and show the world what they can do," Busalacchi said. "What they built is nothing less than the most beautiful ballpark in America and a landmark of this state."

The statuary was designed and crafted by Omri Amrany of the Rotblatt-Amrany Fine Art School in Chicago. This internationally renowned studio has shown its works worldwide.

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