Touring Sculpture Milwaukee - A Milwaukee Family Bucket List Adventure

“Tango Dancers” By Red Grooms, a Pop Art Maximalist.

“Tango Dancers” By Red Grooms, a Pop Art Maximalist.

Fellow Milwaukeeans and Visitors! We are so blessed to have this beautiful pathway of art in our city this summer! This is a lovely FREE way to spend an afternoon!

“Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón. One of my favorites.

“Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón. One of my favorites.

First we downloaded the Sculpture Milwaukee app before we left our house. We parked our car on Wisconsin Avenue very close to Water Street. Then we headed east by foot towards Lake Michigan. We used the app to learn about the different art as we made our way. We walked the “Wisconsin Avenue Mile” as a loop…. Wisconsin Ave & Water Street to the Milwaukee Art Museum on Lake Michigan and back.

There were quite a few other folks also walking the route. I enjoyed chatting with them & feeling like we were part of the community.

It was a wonderful way to spend half of a day! There are a few nice spots to rest & grab a coffee and treats along the way. I am looking forward to returning and catching the art that is located in other areas of downtown!

Some photos from our day:

“We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For 2018” by Sam Durant

“We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For 2018” by Sam Durant

Popped in to the Old Grande Avenue Indoor Mall

Popped in to the Old Grande Avenue Indoor Mall

It was fun not only to look at the art but also to enjoy the Milwaukee architecture.

“Kitchen Trees” by B Wurtz

“Kitchen Trees” by B Wurtz

“Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón. It is located right on the river and sidenote: there’s a very nice &  clean Dunkin’ Donuts located inside!

“Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón. It is located right on the river and sidenote: there’s a very nice & clean Dunkin’ Donuts located inside!

Richard Woods “Holiday Home.” The sign says “Do Not Climb” and I made sure the boys didn’t touch any of the sculptures. They sure were curious though! Cy, on the right, was trying to see what was under it.

Richard Woods “Holiday Home.” The sign says “Do Not Climb” and I made sure the boys didn’t touch any of the sculptures. They sure were curious though! Cy, on the right, was trying to see what was under it.

Milwaukee Art Museum with “A Greater Perspective” by Elmsgreen/Dragset on the left. The museum was holding a yoga class indoors so we did a little of our own outdoors.

Milwaukee Art Museum with “A Greater Perspective” by Elmsgreen/Dragset on the left. The museum was holding a yoga class indoors so we did a little of our own outdoors.

Close up of “Hot Dog Vendor” by Red Grooms

Close up of “Hot Dog Vendor” by Red Grooms

Finding a shade rest stop near the “Hot Dog Vendor” by Red Grooms. This was the boys’ favorite - mostly because of their funny expressions (and because Arlo didn’t think the guy in pink had pants on! He did though😂).

Finding a shade rest stop near the “Hot Dog Vendor” by Red Grooms. This was the boys’ favorite - mostly because of their funny expressions (and because Arlo didn’t think the guy in pink had pants on! He did though😂).

Cute Séraphine-Chérubin by Max Ernst

Cute Séraphine-Chérubin by Max Ernst

Striding by the “Sculpture Milwaukee” Mural by John Kowalczyk and Fred The Artists

Striding by the “Sculpture Milwaukee” Mural by John Kowalczyk and Fred The Artists

I love this tree!! “Cleft From The Series Dendrites” by Roxy Paine. Magical.

I love this tree!! “Cleft From The Series Dendrites” by Roxy Paine. Magical.

“Large Boxing Hare on Anvil” by Barry Flanagan

“Large Boxing Hare on Anvil” by Barry Flanagan

I love this one too for all of its strangeness! “Hera” By Tony Matelli. Yes, the watermelons are part of the sculpture!

I love this one too for all of its strangeness! “Hera” By Tony Matelli. Yes, the watermelons are part of the sculpture!

Cute boys in front of “Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón

Cute boys in front of “Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón

More of the beautiful “Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón

More of the beautiful “Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón

“Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón

“Gild the Lily” by Carlos Rolón

Love bringing the monkeys on outings like this! They look at the art a bit then turn their attention towards exploring and climbing. Always entertaining! 😂

Love bringing the monkeys on outings like this! They look at the art a bit then turn their attention towards exploring and climbing. Always entertaining! 😂

“Penguin 2018” by John Baldessari

“Penguin 2018” by John Baldessari

These little lady bugs climbing along this building have always been one of my favorites to visit in Milwaukee. They’re not a part of the official Sculpture Milwaukee but you will see them on your walk! They’ve been there for almost 20 years! Each bug is about 6 feet tall. They were created by a sign maker who was hired by the building’s owner, John Burke.

These little lady bugs climbing along this building have always been one of my favorites to visit in Milwaukee. They’re not a part of the official Sculpture Milwaukee but you will see them on your walk! They’ve been there for almost 20 years! Each bug is about 6 feet tall. They were created by a sign maker who was hired by the building’s owner, John Burke.

My boys! They’re standing in front of the Milwaukee-famous big orange sculpture “The Calling.” It was created by Mark di Suvero and installed in the 1980’s.

My boys! They’re standing in front of the Milwaukee-famous big orange sculpture “The Calling.” It was created by Mark di Suvero and installed in the 1980’s.

“Magical Thinking” by Gail Simpson/Aris Georgiadis

“Magical Thinking” by Gail Simpson/Aris Georgiadis

Painted utility box you will see along the way.

Painted utility box you will see along the way.

Having fun with the colors & architecture of Milwaukee

Having fun with the colors & architecture of Milwaukee

Arlo decided to take a little rest out front of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Arlo decided to take a little rest out front of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

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A very squinty family photo. We had a great outing! Thank you for following along. If you’d like to learn more about Sculpture Milwaukee or download the app visit: https://www.sculpturemilwaukee.com