When Sculpture Milwaukee first launched in 2017, it put Milwaukee on the art world’s map, and today it draws thousands of art lovers, tourists and families.
We’re highlighting five sculptures (some that are a part of Sculpture Milwaukee and others that are not) that kids will love to visit and snap a selfie with.
1. Blob Monster
517 E Wisconsin Ave – Federal Building
Artist: Tony Tassett
This giant sci-fi Blob Monster, created in 2009, recalls The Blob, a 1958 movie about a creeping menace that could not be stopped, (a post-war parable about the Cold War). The blob monster’s face is too sad and droopy to be scary, and the bright colors will be a hit with kids. The artist intended for onlookers to ponder the monsters inside of themselves.
2. Out of the Box (Birds)
Lakeshore State Park (500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202)
Black Box Fund now presents its first temporary public project on the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources Lakeshore State Park.
The exhibit is a commentary on plastic and its prevalence in modern life. The birds are build from re-purposed plastic. Black Box Fund hopes that the exhibit will cause visitors to reexamine their relationship to one another and to nature. Thye’ve donated two permanent sculptures to the Third Ward, just outside of the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Smaller versions of the birds are for sale on their website.
3. Spillover II
4000 N Lake Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211
Artist: Jaume Plensa
Spillover II. Photo by Michael Meidenbauer
This shimmering sculpture overlooks Lake Michigan from Atwater Park. It’s made of random metal letters, so your budding reader can practice the alphabet. There’s a playground nearby and a staircase that leads down to the beach.
4. Des Vaches: Mo, Ni, Que
Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 W Brown Deer Rd, River Hills, WI 53217)
Artist: Samuel Buri
What child wouldn’t love three polka dotted cows grazing in the sunshine? You can find them on display during the summer at Lynden Sculpture Garden, and outdoor art museum that offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures across 40 acres of park, lake, and woodland. A small admission fee applies. (Admission is currently free thanks to the Herzfeld Foundation.)
5. The Bronze Fonz
Milwaukee Riverwalk, just south of Wells Street
This must-visit Milwaukee selfie spot is found along the beautiful Riverwalk. It pay homage to Arthur Fonzarelli from the popular sitcom “Happy Days” set in 1950s Milwaukee.
Find out more about exploring the Riverwalk with kids here.