While crews have been hard at work putting the pieces in place for the past month, today marked the official opening day of Sculpture Milwaukee, for the second straight year scattering almost two dozen pieces of renowned public art down Wisconsin Avenue and turning Downtown's main drag into an incredible outdoor art exhibit.
Most of the pieces – including a famous "LOVE" sculpture from the late Robert Indiana, who also designed the iconic MECCA court – are new. Some, like "Mood Sculpture" and "Zach's Tower," are remainder from last year's inaugural edition. And one definitely looks like two MTV Moon Men awards on a date. But they all will make Wisconsin Avenue a fascinating place to explore and take a stroll this summer (until Oct. 21).
To help on your hunt, here's where you'll be able to find each of the new artworks gracing the newly be-sculptured Downtown destination.
Artist: Robert Indiana
Where: In front of the Northwestern Mutual Tower at the corner of E. Wisconsin Ave. and N. Prospect Ave.
2. "Seer (Alice II)"
Artist: Kiki Smith
Where: In the commons area in front of the Northwestern Mutual Tower on E. Wisconsin Ave.
3. "Reason to Be"
Artist: Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Where: In front of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum at 929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
4. "The Group of Five"
Artist: Magdalena Abakanowicz
Where: 875 E. Wisconsin Ave. (just west of building)
5. "Half Big Suit"
Artist: Erwin Wurm
Where: 777 E. Wisconsin Ave. (in a planter in front of the U.S. Bank Center)
6. "Big Time"
Artist: Richard Deacon
Where: 777 E. Wisconsin Ave. (west side of plaza deck)
7. "Untitled (Burgher with Extended Arm)"
Artist: Liz Glynn
Where: 611 E. Wisconsin Ave.
8. "Blue Bra Girls"
Artist: Ghada Amer
Where: 526 E. Wisconsin Ave. (in a planter in front of Northern Trust)
9. "Bam (Seated Warrior)"
Artist: Sanford Biggers
Where: 500 E. Wisconsin Ave. (in a planter in front of the Milwaukee Club)
10. "Mood Sculpture"
Artist: Tony Tasset
Where: 411 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Artist: Yoan Capote
Where: 301 E. Wisconsin Ave. (in front of Powers Jewelers)
Artist: Bosco Sodi
Where: 111 E. Wisconsin Ave. (on the west side of Chase Plaza)
Artist: Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg
Where: 111 E. Wisconsin Ave. (west side of building)
Artist: Hank Willis Thomas
Where: 176 W. Wisconsin Ave. (in front of the Hampton Inn)
15. "Hazmat Love"
Artist: Tom Friedman
Where: 211 W. Wisconsin Ave.
16. "Tower (Gubbio)"
Artist: Sol Lewitt
Where: 310 W. Wisconsin Ave.
17. "97.5º Arc X 9"
Artist: Bernar Venet
Where: 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue (Wisconsin Center - northwest corner)
18. "Bud (Bronze)"
Artist: Gary Hume
Where: In front of the Wisconsin Center, slightly west of the corner of 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
19. "Zach's Tower"
Artist: John Henry
Where: 5th Street and Wisconsin Avenue (southeast corner)
20. "Marker #2"
Artist: Mel Kendrick
Where: Next to the Wisconsin Center on the corner of 5th Street and Wisconsin Avenue (across the street from the Miller Time Pub & Grill and Starbucks)
21. "Stealing Shadows, Michelangelo"
Artist: Ana Prvachi
Where: Currently on hold, but will be installed on the corner of 6th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.