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New Milwaukee Bucks Arena to feature local artwork

Posted at 6:34 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 19:34:49-04

There will be a lot to see in the new Milwaukee Bucks arena including unique art.

The Bucks will feature the works of 32 artists, a majority of them from Wisconsin.

1,200 applied for the opportunity. Milwaukee's Vedale Hill was one of the lucky few selected.   

"It's a take on myself," said Vedale."It's a piece called Dusse and Adidas." 

Art is Hill's life and his life is reflected in art, "I feel like as an artist you have to tell your story."

Vedale's story begins growing up in Milwaukee's inner city. Sports was a big part of it but art opened up a whole new world for him.

"As a culture, as a people we can do whatever we want to be successful at it," said Hill. 

This piece of legend Michael Jordan with a basketball in one hand and a gun in the other called wicked shot - speaks to how life can quickly change for the good or bad.   

"It's wicked how quick in split seconds. In growing up, I'm losing friends and relatives to prison and gang violence and things like that."

Bucks President Peter Feigin is excited about the artwork, "right now where we are standing will be the largest sculpture, we have in the whole building." 

Feigin says the art will add to the aura of the new arena.

"We really wanted to touch what the state is about. how to celebrate it," said Feigin. "There certainly will be specific Milwaukee pictures but this is going to be fun. This is going to be a place where people can explore."

For Vedale, the arena art project is a game changer. 

"As an artist that grew up in the inner city like I did in Milwaukee, to have piece at the new Bucks arena, I made it," said Hill. "That's how it feels to me." 

Hill's specific art piece for the Bucks arena is still under wraps until it goes on display.

Feigin calls the art project organic. It will continue to grow and evolve as they curate a collection.