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Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive

By - Oct 21st, 2010 02:55 pm
Hanging Boat

A view of the hanging boat from across Capitol Drive.

Without question, the former Tower Automotive site is one of the most blighted properties in Milwaukee. Thankfully, the city has purchased the site and is in the process of transforming the massive site into Century City. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was any urban industrial park. To fill the gap between the site’s multi-year transformation from brownfield to productive industrial space, the 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation and Business Improvement District #37 invited IN:SITE to create art installations that generate interest in the area.

IN:SITE proposed “ON and OFF CAPITOL” which includes seven art installations centered around Capitol Drive between 31st and 35th Streets. The installations were all done by local artists. Pegi Christiansen, IN:SITE Chair, noted that Seventh District Alderman Willie Wade (whose district includes the site) has been an invaluable resource, as well as Common Council President Willie Hines, and Alderman Nik Kovac and Michael Murphy.

ON and OFF CAPITOL is a welcome breath of fresh air into the currently desolate space (with the exception of Talgo, who is about to occupy the southern most portion of the site). The art work will be in place for up to six months. It’s worth your time to check out IN:SITE’s latest installation.


A look at the railway bridge and surrounding area. The art is definitely a welcome improvement.

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