Stand-up guys and gals: A guide to some of Milwaukee's statues
Al McGuire, Al McGuire Center
12th Street between Wisconsin and Wells
Presiding over his namesake building just inside its main entrance, the 15-foot bronze statue was dedicated in April, 2004.
Henry Aaron & Robin Yount, Miller Park
Two of the newest statues in Milwaukee salute former Milwaukee Brave and Home Run King Henry "Hank" Aaron and Brewer Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount. They're used as meeting places more than any statues in town and mark the ballpark entrance behind home plate. Dedicated in 2001 to coincide with the ballpark's opening, they each stand about 30 feet high and forever bond these two baseball greats with a great (and patient) baseball city. Closer to Helfaer Field, a statue commemorating the Braves' tenure in Milwaukee illustrates the team's thirteen seasons in town.
The Workers' Monument, Miller Park
By Hank and Robin but facing the main entrance rather than the parking lots, this 12-foot monument serves as a permanent tribute to the hundreds of workers who labored to build Miller Park. The adjacent "Workers Wall" bears the names of everyone who helped turn County Stadium's south parking lot into one of baseball's best venues.
Gertie the Duck and her Ducklings, Downtown Milwaukee Riverwalk
Wisconsin Avenue bridge over the Milwaukee River
The story of "Gertie", the mother duck who lustily defended her eggs during a nesting stay under the Wisconsin Avenue bridge in 1945, holds strong among Milwaukee's older generations. Perhaps the smallest statues in Milwaukee that aren't sold in craft or novelty stores, Gertie and her ducklings are life-sized along the Wisconsin Avenue bridge and along either side of the Riverwalk just north of the bridge. You can even pet them; they're just not very soft.
The Inviting Christ
30th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
Next to the Tripoli Shrine and the stone camels guarding its entrance, Our Savior's Lutheran Church has a 40-ton statue called "The Inviting Christ" above its entrance. A great stop along any architectural tour of Wisconsin Ave.
Ione, Centennial Hall, Milwaukee Public Library
800 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Water nymph Ione weighs in at 3,400 pounds, has lasted 132 years, and once stood as part of the décor in the Wisconsin Theater before it was torn down. After a short stint in a hotel, the nymph earned a place in Centennial Hall in 1987. You can see her in all her marbled glory on your way into the library.
Siddhartha, Mantra Lounge
1905 E. North Ave.
An indoor statue imported direct from Tibet, ancient Buddhist Siddhartha watches as you consume beverages, dance, and perhaps make clumsy passes inside Mantra Lounge.
Divine Servant, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Erected in 2003 to mark the retirement of former Wisconsin Lutheran College president Gary Greenfield, this bronze statue depicts Jesus washing the feet of the Apostle Peter. Greenfield led the college from a two-year institution with part-time faculty and 27 students to a four-year school with regionally-ranked programs, 50 full-time faculty members and over 700 students. Greenfield passed away in 2004.
Alfred Hitchcock, Times Cinema
5906 W. Vliet St.
Sometimes when you enter the Times, you can see his films in the cinema. Every time you enter the Times, you can see his life-sized statue. Whether catching the regular feature or the Friday night Freak Show, you can say "hi" to Alfred and once again get scared when you shower or see a pack of birds.
Along with the ones listed here, Marquette will soon welcome a new statue. A bronze statue of Mother Teresa holding a child will stand 6 feet, 6 inches tall should be installed by next summer. The artist, Gautam Pal, already has one of the works represented in Milwaukee: the Mahatma Gandhi statue next to the Milwaukee County Courthouse we referenced earlier.
A Circus Parade statue has been proposed in various forms for Veterans Park, but none have yet been approved.
By the way, TV Land put up an statue of Andy Griffith in Raleigh, N.C., Bob Newhart in Chicago, Ralph Kramden in New York, and Mary Tyler Moore in Minneapolis. So when will we get our statue of The Fonz?? We're waiting...
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Brenda Komater said: Would you please forward me the links for all of the statues in your article. I need good pictures of them for a project that I am working on.
mike said: what about paul mokeski and randy breuer? i thought they were notable milwaukee statues, too.
littlejimmy said: Funki- I remember that! That was back when you would eat Dicks bacon! Ah, fresh PORK!
littlejimmy said: Hopper- Statues can't talk!
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