Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Outdoor Art under North Avenue Bridge

A friend of mine is an artist and she mentioned that last Friday had been a day to share art with the world- Free Art Friday.  Apparently artists all over were encouraged to make something and give it away.  With that in mind, I thought I'd look for art in parks or outdoor spaces.

Have you been to the Rotary Centennial Arboretum lately?  It extends from Locust Street to North Avenue along the Milwaukee river.  Take a short hike along the river and you can take a moment to enjoy the new artwork painted on the pillars under Norh Avenue Bridge.  Of course, if you're not really into the cold weather hike, you can park on North Avenue and just take the steps down below the bridge.  There are people living under the bridge, as evidenced by sleeping gear, but I've never seen anyone there during the daytime.  There's a nature theme featuring local birds.  See how many birds you can identify.

There are also a few additional artworks added that can't really be classified as graffiti.  They are a bit more polished. This is a pleasant change to what had been there just a few months ago.  I love the movement to add public art to the outdoors!

This is a good week to learn about graffiti.  Central Library is having a program Monday evening, December 7 with a lecture at 5:30.  Then on Saturday, December 12 at 1, you will learn how to make graffiti yourself.  Registration is required.  You can see the flyer here, or go online at

If you enjoy looking for more outdoor art treasures, check out the Milwaukee Mural Map.  This is an interactive map that includes all the murals known to date with photos and information about who created them. There is even a bike tour you can take with the creator of the mural map- though she does this in summer.  Look for the Bublr bike locations on the map too.   What is your favorite outdoor art?

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