Sculpture Milwaukee’s 2022 collection illustrates the city’s relationship with nature | WUWM 89.7 FM
For the past five years, Sculpture Milwaukee has brought public art to the streets of downtown Milwaukee. Since its inception, the project has showcased pieces by prominent artists, displaying them in public spaces for all Milwaukeeans to enjoy.
This year’s new exhibition will feature various works that play on the city’s relationship to nature. Brian Schupper, executive director of Sculpture Milwaukee, explains that since last year, they have launched a program of visiting curators. This year, the program will feature the internationally renowned artist Ugo Rondinone and his exhibition titled “Nature does not know us”.
“As the center of our excellence in Milwaukee and Milwaukee being that for the world, we wanted to invite these world-class artists and curators to have the platform that is the whole city to tell the story,” says Schupper.
Sculpture Milwaukee organizers hope the public will enjoy the story each piece tells and the story the collection tells as a whole. In the theme, the exhibition will not be placed in the street all at once but will gradually spread across the city.
“One of the great things about Sculpture Milwaukee was that it was envisioned as this temporary installation, we would bring these pieces in and we would take them out. But a number of the pieces have become so beloved by various individuals and members of the community that they purchased them and either placed them on their own property, but facing the public so the public could interact with them, or were donated to the communities,” Schupper said.
While past years exhibits have promoted three-dimensional pieces, this year Sculpture Milwaukee wants to push the boundaries of sculpture. Ever more devoted to the theme of nature, Schupper confirms that there will be at least two living pieces in the exhibition this year.
“Part of the challenge and opportunity we have this year is that it’s largely organic exposure. I mean figuratively and literally. [A] many of our pieces are growing, they have life and the exhibition itself is growing.
Through the end of October 2022, you can see 30 pieces of Sculpture Milwaukee on the streets of downtown Milwaukee. These pieces come from the “There Is This Us,” “Nature Doesn’t Know Us,” and The Legacy Collection exhibits, which Schupper expects to have additions this year.