All of sudden a number of models of beloved, but long-gone Milwaukee buildings have been popping up on social media.
Like this paper model of County Stadium that Paper Stadiums – aka Nebraska gym teacher Trey Ashby – tweeted today:
I made a model of Milwaukee County Stadium completely out of paper! Complete with setups for the Brewers, Packers, the movie Major League, among other! pic.twitter.com/3RfjoLxk86 — Paper Stadiums ð (@PaperStadiums) April 26, 2021
Ashby says he spent five weeks working on the County Stadium model.
Just the other day, we were tagged on a tweet with photos of a six-foot-tall cardboard replica of the old Lake Front Depot that long graced the Milwaukee lakefront, before being demolished in the late 1960s.
It was made by Philadelphia artist Kambel Smith, who has autism.
Smith has made numerous large-scale models out of materials like cardboard, foamcore, paint, tape and charcoal, and his work has been shown in galleries.
"I'm currently preparing for an art show in Wisconsin which will include Lake Front Depot, Milwaukee City Hall and various other models," he says.
Milwaukee’s Lake Front Depot demolished in 1968, reconstructed in 2021...Kambel Smith’s cardboard sculpture stands over 6 feet tall. The original depot was built by the Chicago and North Western Railway.@bobbyt @journalsentinel @urbanmke @onmilwaukee @dearmke@MilwaukeeArt pic.twitter.com/Jj4FZlmJC1 — Kambel Smith (@Survivor1844) April 24, 2021
But ... paper!!
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.