Update: The full story about the giraffe was eventually unearthed and can be read right here.
For years, I drove, walked and biked past this yellow giraffe in a yard that's on Lincoln Memorial Drive across from Lake Michigan and wondered about its (his? her?) story. The possibly vintage structure appears to be a piece of playground climbing equipment, and yet, I have never seen any children on it.
There’s something both whimsical and lonely about this metal giraffe, especially because it's the only thing standing in a massive yard that’s below a house high on a hill.
Recently, a sign appeared on the fence that borders the yard, reading "Free the giraffe." It’s a small sign with a simple, adorable and accurate painting of the giraffe. It made me consider who put it there and why – and if the giraffe owners are aware it's there.
With these questions and more in mind, I decided to knock on the door of the giraffe's house today. The front door to the house is located on East Back Bay Street which borders Back Bay Park. A quick Google search revealed the home has 13.5 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. (And one giraffe.)
I rang the doorbell of the house, twice, but no one answered. I left a note and my business card, asking the owners to contact me so I could find out more about the giraffe. I hope I hear back. In the meantime, if anyone has any information about this giraffe, I’m all ears. And all neck, of course.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.