Bayshore has launched a new immersive art experience, called the Bayshore Art Project, that will ultimately result in more than 30 works of art by local artists throughout the town square property.
These works will come in a variety of media, including murals, sculptures, fiber art, illustrations and animations.
The series, collaborated by local artist Emma Daisy, along with Bayshore and Artist Uprising, has begun with four recently completed murals.
"We have such a vibrant local artist community right here in the Milwaukee area and it has been amazing to see that community work together," said Daisy. "Art has a powerful way of bringing people together and as the reimagined Bayshore comes to life, art remains a core staple in the process."
More works will be installed this year, including augmented reality murals and community activation mural opportunities.
Here are details on the four murals, with information provided by Bayshore:
ANWAR + Real Abstract
North Bayshore Drive, Bayshore
This unique collaboration brings (pictured at the top) together Anwar Floyd-Pruitt and Dave Watkins, two local fine artists who have never had the opportunity to work together. Using humanity, connectedness, unity and life in a colorful world to guide their inspiration, this collaboration demonstrates the power of art and how it can transform common, everyday space into a place where beauty can come to life.
Bayshore Place Breezeway, Bayshore
Walsh is a local fine artist who uses collage as a conceptual framework for understanding the legacy of abstraction. His style is more than just shapes on canvas. Each layer is designed, cross-processed, textured and placed in the collage individually, yet the final product is seamless on canvas. His work at Bayshore reinforces that fine art has an impact in commercial spaces.
North Port Washington Road, Bayshore
Persika is a respected artist, designer and illustrator who was born and raised in the Midwest. Her work centers around community healing, spirituality, nature and mental health. Her mural at Bayshore was inspired by a labyrinth-like garden. The two ends of the mural build up to the center and the swirling lines, terrazzo-like patterns, color-blocking and butterflies lead you to the highest point where you find Mother Nature at the center, as if she is there to say, "The center of the labyrinth is not the end, only the beginning."
Port Washington Garage, Bayshore
Rolander weaves together installation art, large-scale painting, and stage design to create unique, immersive environments. Her work at Bayshore gives life to a once overlooked parking garage, turning an ordinary space into an extraordinary setting. A mundane concrete wall, now becomes a whimsical universe, offering a dash of inspirational joy and an opportunity for connection and interaction.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.