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Third Ward's Historic Miller Tavern to be 'enveloped in fabric' for art installation

Posted at 2:49 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 15:50:59-04

Fiber artist Amanda Browder known for her gigantic fabric installations on buildings will be coming to Milwaukee this summer to create a unique public art installation in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

The project called “Togetherness” uses fabric donated from the Milwaukee area and other parts of Wisconsin.

Typically, Browder collaborates with community volunteers to create the large-scale fabric pieces during public sewing sessions. That needed to change due to COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the pandemic, I am not able to hold my traditional public sewing days for this project,” said Browder.

Browder plans to unveil the sculpture on the former Miller Brewing tied house building at 266 E. Erie Street in Milwaukee. The sculpture will adorn the building through July 5.

“Even though I am not able to collaborate/sew/pin/laugh with the public during the making of this project, I feel connected to the citizens of Milwaukee and Wisconsin through working with the fabrics that were donated,” said Browder. “The histories and love are embedded, and the patterns, designs and remnants will be reminders of home, family, warmth, friendship, and hope.”

For more information on the public art installation, click here.

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