City leaders looks to add a mural that will make a big impact in downtown Milwaukee…because the mural itself will be big.
Milwaukee Downtown BID No. 21 and the Downtown Placemaking Task Force have announced plans to install The Gateway Mural, a piece of art that would sit 80 feet wide and 50 feet high.
It would be located near the corner of North 6th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue. It would occupy the west wall of a mixed-use building on Wisconsin Avenue’s north side, a building which currently houses a Dunkin’ location and the Grand Avenue Market.
When finished, it would become one of the biggest murals in the city. It would also follow the increased presence of murals in Milwaukee, including the recent Black Cat Alley project on the city’s East Side that is widely considered the mecca of street art in Milwaukee.
“Fashion and Design,” a utility box turned into public art on Wisconsin Avenue. | Photo: Gabriel Yeager
“I believe this is a phenomenal way to utilize the talents that we have in Milwaukee by giving local artist a platform to express the feelings of the city,” said Mercedez Butts, a fan of the arts scene in Milwaukee who has been following the development of the mural.
“I hope the mural is an inspiring message to the people.”
The artwork would be another addition to what city leaders are hoping becomes a renaissance for the Westown neighborhood in Milwaukee that has already begun with the construction of Fiserv Forum.
Besides its exposure to people who live in Milwaukee, the mural would be visible to thousands of visitors at events like the 2020 Democratic National Convention which would be held at Fiserv Forum and the nearby Wisconsin Center.
The next step for the city is to select an artist to create the mural. Organizers are encouraging local artists to submit applications with their qualifications.
“While there is no particular theme of The Gateway Mural outlined in the RFQ, we are hoping to see a clear concept from submitting artists, and how it might be influenced with a neighborhood engagement and input session in early June,” said Gabriel Yeager of Milwaukee Downtown Bid No. 21.
“Ideally, the mural will reflect the fabric of the Westown neighborhood, and hopes to highlight the arts, cultural and entertainment renaissance taking place in the neighborhood.”
For more information on the Gateway Mural project, visit www.milwaukeedowntown.com.