OUTDOOR ART CHOSEN FOR NEW EAST LIBRARY
Three imaginative outdoor art pieces on North Ave and Cramer Street will serve as the gateway to the new East Library entrance by the time the redevelopment opens this fall. The Milwaukee Public Library announced that based on popular public choice, Ray Chi was the artist chosen to create public art installations that will engage people walking by the new East Branch library.
The art will further raise the visibility of the East Side as the place of emerging artists, talent as well as the presence of the UWM Peck School of the Arts in the Kenilworth building. Chi is an associate lecturer at the Peck School and a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship recipient.
What caught the attention of the public and panel that chose Chi was his proposal for three separate works that bring common yet often overlooked aspects of the urban landscape--the bike rack, the grass by the street curb and concrete--to life. Uncovering the ‘dreams’ of these three elements will transform them from everyday components to dynamic characters, ready to promote a sense of wonder among visitors. The East Side Architectural Review Board also reviewed and approved the final proposal.
The new library is scheduled to open this November. Meanwhile, The Standard (the apartments above the new library) opened its leasing office at 2021 E. Ivanhoe Place. It is the former home of the East Side Framing Gallery, which moved to 2014 N. Farwell Ave.