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Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive

By - Oct 21st, 2010 02:55 pm
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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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8 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive”

  1. Nick Aster says:

    Hilarious, but I love it!

  2. alex says:

    why not just tear this whole thing down and let companies that want to do business in the century city build new modern facilities that will integrate with the new City of Milwaukee facility in site.

  3. Dave Reid says:

    @Alex That is essentially what is going on, with the exception that they are doing the brownfield remediation as no company was going to open a new facility there with the property in the state it was in. Without the City of Milwaukee’s efforts here these properties would likely of become complete vacant or at “best” a salvage yard.

  4. Kevin Muhs says:

    @Alex With the exception of the headquarters building, that’s what they’re doing. I’m not sure what the site contains in the way of ground contaminants or other problems, but environmental remediation takes a serious amount of time.

  5. Jesse Hagen says:

    I know there has been some controversy about just clearing the buildings here because some of them could be still useful to industry. Some things like very high clear height and 30-40-80 ton cranes are expensive and valuable when marketing the sites to certain industries.

    Obviously if the reno costs are too high… that negates any positives.

  6. Dave Reid says:

    @Jesse It is my understanding that many of the buildings were stripped of their value before the city got control of them.

  7. Dan Knauss says:

    I drove past this about a month ago and wondered if it was some kind of protest.

  8. colucci says:

    @Dan Funny!
    I guess it is some kind of protest – against blight.

    Cool stuff.


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