Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Over at Urban Milwaukee is a must-read article for anyone who has looked at public art and thought,  “What a bunch of crap.” Forget the arguments about the waste of tax dollars, Tom Bamberger does a great job of showing we’re not getting our money’s worth. Consider this sculpture, Tip by David Middlebrook, at the entrance to Gordon […]

Driving around doing errands and I saw this beauty today. The only way this work could have been improved is if it had been painted on black velvet. Seriously, we have some people downtown with awful taste. This looks like they bought a picture frame because they liked the tacky sample picture inside and threw […]

City of Waukesha Director of Community Development Steve Crandell announced today, April 1st, that it is purchasing The Calling, a sculpture by Mark di Suvero, from the city of Milwaukee. “We anticipate that this purchase of public art will spur tourism and development downtown.” City Administrator Ed Henschel said the newly purchased sculpture will be renamed, […]

Over at Too Kool or Just a Fool, the discussion has moved to the role of the public art committee. Apparently the planned mural for the Couri Insurance building does not rise to the tastes of our local art connoisseurs. One commenter even said it has that “airbrushed on the side of a van” aesthetic. […]

Let’s set aside for the moment whether a county that is facing dire financial problems should be investing $700,000 in a public art project, using federal stimulus dollars for partial funding. (Mary Louise Schumacher points out in the article the proposed art projects would cost three times more than the controversial “Blue Shirt.”) Let’s also try to set […]

Since Laurel Walker’s article appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a number of Mayor Scrima supporters (or one under different names) has taken to denying that the mayor could have possibly suggested painting over a the wall sculpture at city hall. I had an e-mail conversation with the mayor the other day about that very […]

Darryl Enriquez is back and he wonders our opinions about the latest addition to downtown. Looks like public art to me. Seriously, it fits in a city that is the hometown of guitar giant Les Paul and with the kind of downtown we’re trying to have, even if the mayor is afraid of Waukesha becoming […]

Darryl Enriquez is back and he wonders our opinions about the latest addition to downtown. Looks like public art to me. Seriously, it fits in a city that is the hometown of guitar giant Les Paul and with the kind of downtown we’re trying to have, even if the mayor is afraid of Waukesha becoming […]