Bowling ball bling adorns Riverwalk
Decorative jewelry began to pop up along Milwaukee's Riverwalk last night. Individual earring-like pieces on harp lights, huge steel rings, necklaces on the bridge houses and a series of brooches for selected buildings and balconies are all in the works.
The largest piece (about 7 feet) sits at the Mason St. Landing. It's a steel ring with settings of domestic decorative items like lamps, cooking ware and chains and bowling balls as the gems. It's an impressive piece made by artist John Ready, director of the University Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Ready began his career as a jeweler, but now focuses on sculpting. According to Milwaukee Riverwalk board person Marsha Sehler, "Ready was particularly motivated by the idea of creating sculptural art that worked within the context of the city."
Ready created his "jewels" from recycled materials, including aluminum Jell-O molds that will be riveted together to form glitzy, giant pins fitted with solar lights. These pins will light up the Milwaukee Rep building just across the Milwaukee River from Byron's Beer Garden and Bistro.
Additional pieces will be placed all month and the entire exhibit will run through the 2010 season with pieces changing over time to better integrate them with specific locations. "I think this exhibit is going to get the town - and possibly the whole country - talking," added Seher.
I'll have an interview with the artist later this month.
Well as an Artist I say: WOW cool idea! Keep an open mind ppl its shorter than you think from the cradle to the grave!!!
My gf and i were scratchin our heads and i stated what a bunch of gawdy rusty things... the best one was a rusted iron ring with bowling ball diamonds on it...
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