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Two new murals coming to downtown Milwaukee

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Posted at 7:26 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 20:26:20-04

MILWAUKEE — Two new murals are coming to downtown Milwaukee this summer.

As a part of downtown Milwaukee's commitment to public art, two new murals will be completed in the area this summer.

The first mural will be done on the 2nd street skywalk between Wisconsin Ave. and Michigan Ave. The other will be a panoramic portrait at MacArthur Square.

Artists will begin working on the murals in June.

The 2nd street skywalk mural will be done by artist Jaime Brown. The proposed title of the work is "Kindred."

“In this vibrant piece, I’m looking to pay homage to Milwaukee’s, and my own, Native American roots. Like a quilt that tells a story, my intent is to weave in symbols that represent the city’s rich history and bright future," said Brown.

Brown has completed works all over the world including one in Dubai, Canada, and Nova Scotia.

Milwaukee native Ken Brown will create the MacArthur Square mural. The piece will likely be called "The Hero in You" and will feature images of various front-line heroes. More than 10 downtown essential workers will be depicted in the artwork.

These heroes will be featured in a special blog series beginning Thursday, May 14. That blog can be found here.

There will be am open call for nominations of local front-line heroes. From those nominations, some will be picked and showcased in the mural. Nominations will be accepted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through May 20.

These murals will be included in a new map created by Milwaukee Downtown. This map features over 140 monuments, sculptures, and murals that can be found in the downtown area.

To view the map, click here.

“Our new public art map is a great tool for discovering or rediscovering the works of art that have added vibrancy and historical depth to our landscape,” said Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. “I encourage the community to explore our rich collection, while practicing safe social distancing guidelines.”

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