We don't know how it got there or how long it will last, but we have photographic evidence that a strangely official looking portrait of Homer Simspon now adorns the street sign pole on the corner of Williams and Homer Streets (of course) in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood.
We found out about the mysterious street sign a week ago, but had to see it for ourselves.
As you can see in the photo, the green background and silver border almost perfectly match the actual street signs. It's not clear whether the sign, itself, is made of wood or metal, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's wood.
Homer is attached with black plastic cord, not the metal of the official sign, so it's probably the work of a very talented illustrator and "Simpsons" fan, rather than a DPW employee.
A man painting a house across the street said he just noticed the sign a few days ago, so we think it's fairly new. I have no idea how long this awesome tribute will last -- surely a city employee will see it eventually and take it down, right?
But until they do, I'm enjoying this cute and funny little piece of public art.
Mmmmmm ... street sign.
guess we didn't need "proof" just basic reasoning skills.
The fact that it was up for almost a year and then within hours of Andy Tarnoff posting a story on it, the sign disappeared. It is a pretty safe assumption that the sign was taken down because Andy Tarnoff posted his article.
Thanks again Andy Tarnoff for running it for the rest of us. Your a beacon in our otherwise boring neighborhood.
coulda been the guy who lives on that corner.
nobody here knows for sure.
they just talk like they do.
BV Gal | June 18, 2009 at 8:49 a.m. (report)
Does anyone have proof that the City actually took the sign down?
that's great buck! are you one of the "powers that be"?
it's funny the assumptions you guys love to make without the facts.
now give me a great big knowing wink!!!
Show me the other 40 Talkbacks
45 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Andy Tarnoff
Published Aug. 19, 2015
An unseasonably cool and windy August night didn't stop NEWaukee's Night Market from heating up Wednesday evening. Rather, the crowd bundled up and took in the local vendors, food trucks, dancers and marshmallow making.
Published Aug. 13, 2015
Laura Langemo doesn't take herself too seriously. In fact, the FOX 6 Wakeup News reporter says her goal is to make viewers laugh a little while going through their morning routine, and to that extent, she's willing to try just about anything for a great story.
Published Aug. 12, 2015
The Wisconsin State Fair is great on so many levels, but as an infomercial enthusiast (read: sucker), I have a particular fondness for the zillions of oddball products sold in the Exposition Center. I could spend all day browsing and watching the pitchmen do their thing.
Published Aug. 11, 2015
I was afraid Wisconsin State Fair might sell some "Stars and Bars" stuff this year, but my concerns have been put to rest: according to Kristi Chuckel, Communications and Marketing Manager, you won't find any Confederate flag merch at the fair.
Published July 29, 2015
If you've never heard of floating and sensory deprivation tanks, let us answer this question for you: it's not a form of torture. Rather, some consider it the ultimate form of relaxation, injury recovery and meditation, and it's coming to Milwaukee very soon.
Published July 28, 2015
When you've visited the same place well over 20 times, sometimes you have to look at it a different way. Whether that means taking a bird's eye view from the treetops, or a fisheye perspective from just a atop the water, Wisconsin's crowing jewel that is Door County still looks spectacular from any angle. Even if it's one you have bend a little to see just right.
Published July 15, 2015
Though Liz Lincoln, who writes under the nom de plume of Eliza Madison, just published her first erotic novella, the Milwaukee writer isn't new to penning books about romance. "I've been writing romance forever, really," says Lincoln, who debuted "Fast, Fresh & Hot" this summer on Amazon. " I wrote romance stories when I was in middle school."
Published July 12, 2015
A decade ago, I took a spin around the Milwaukee Mile in a special two-seat IndyCar. I did it again this morning, and it was even better.
Published July 8, 2015
While I only passively care about what happens on the court, I nonetheless passionately, urgently and desperately request Milwaukee and Wisconsin to get its act together and build the Bucks a new arena before it's too late. Just like I preached in the mid '90s when the Brewers were semi-genuinely eying Charlotte as their new home, I'll say it again: Build it now.
Published July 3, 2015
It's a long-standing tradition at Summerfest - and at plenty of other festivals - to use radio station DJs to introduce a headlining band. It may seem like a five-minute formality, but as usual, there's a back story to most of what the public sees while standing on the Summerfest bleachers.