Milwaukee Blacksmith delivers art piece to Erin Hills for the U.S. Open

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 19:21:11-04

A 2,500 pound piece of art built in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood was delivered Monday to Erin Hills Golf Course for the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

It's a metal adaptation of the golf club’s logo built by Milwaukee Blacksmith of the History Channel.

Kent Knapp says the United States Golf Association (USGA) contacted him about six months ago and commissioned the piece. But it wasn’t until the business moved into its new shop in Bay View that there was space to build it.

Knapp estimates he and his co-workers (comprised much of family) have spent 1,300 hours or so on the piece of art.

Knapp says the piece was supposed to be temporary but he hopes it will be a part of history at the course.

“Its lifespan was supposed to be about two weeks but we have a tendency to overbuild things at Milwaukee Blacksmith. The way we built this thing, I’d say it would probably outlast me at this point” Knapp said.

The piece is currently on display at Erin Hills. You can see it next week during the U.S. Open.