Stealth Public Sculpture In Milwaukee County’s Lake Park! Part 5: One New Sculpture and Two Disappearing Acts

I have documented a number of pop up sculptures in Lake Park and environs over the years and every time I travel on Lincoln Memorial Drive, I search them out and treat them as landmarks on my journeys. But I hadn’t really traveled that route since the spring semester at UW-Milwaukee ended…but when I headed back that way after a visit to Shorewood, I was amazed to see a new sculpture. Now I am pretty confident that it wasn’t there during the Harley Davidson Homecoming Weekend, July 25 – 28th, 2023. But there it was last Thursday in a new spot just about a 100 yards south of Colectivo Coffee at the Lakefront (1701 N Lincoln Memorial Drive).

It is a classic work in the series using man made and manipulated elements of concrete impaled on steel rod and once again embedded into a fallen tree trunk.

© 2023 Ed Heinzelman

and again, I apologize for the washed out look. I tend to visit in mid-day and the strong sun contributes to a very washed out look and of course the material is very reflective.

© 2023 Ed Heinzelman

But in the meantime, it appears that two of our past examples have been removed. The first one was just north of the tennis courts (north of Colectivo) in the area that older boomers would know as the alternate site. I searched for it on foot thinking that it may have gotten overgrown, but I think that it is gone. Here is a photo from the archive.

© 2022 Ed Heinzelman

and this one along the bottom of the bluff just immediately south of the gardens at Villa Terrace.

© 2022 Ed Heinzelman

Some of the elements from the missing pieces may have been repurposed in the new stealth sculpture. It’s hard to tell but they are very similar in shape and size…and it would make sense to reuse them.

and as always: and if you know who the artist is, I’d like to talk with them. They can remain anonymous if that’s their wish. Or if you see more around town, I’d like to be able to document them…so let me know about them, please:

AND NOTE: this is the fifth in a series, so please search for stealth and enjoy them all.


Dates: August 8 – September 16, 2023

Location: Frederick Layton Gallery, 273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee, W​I

Friends, Neighbors & Distant Comrades: Selections from the Moore Collection of ’80s NYC Art

Curated by Alan Moore and Michael Flanagan, this ambitious show centers on relics from the raucous art movements of the late 20th century in New York City. The collection of artwork reflects the counterculture attitudes and creative approaches of a disparate group of bohemian makers living and working in New York City, especially those who united in a variety of co-ops, collectives and art groups. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, sculptures, multiples and video collected by the Moore family of Milwaukee over several decades.

Alan Moore himself was a participant in the art movements as a critic, artist and historian. He has written and published numerous essays and books about that time, as well as writing about the ‘squatting’ movements in NYC and Europe. His book, “Art Gangs: Protest & Counterculture in New York City” (2011), and recent memoir “Art Worker” (2022) are well-researched looks at the times. He is also an archivist by default, in the process of cataloging, preserving and disseminating this extensive collection.


Artist Talk – Seth Tobocman and Susan Bietila

Thursday, August 24, 2023 | 6 p.m.

MIAD Community Hub, Room 160, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Film Screening of Make Me Famous and talkback with James Cornwell

Thursday, August 31, 2023 | 6 p.m.

MIAD Community Hub, Room 160, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Artist Talk – Robert Goldman (Bobby G) and Andrea Callard

Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 6 p.m.

MIAD Community Hub, Room 160, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Performance by Jack Waters and Peter Cramer

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 11 a.m.

MIAD Union Auditorium, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

Closing Reception and Lecture

Friday, September 15, 2023

5 – 6:30 p.m. | Alan Moore and Dr. Mysoon Rizk lecture

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Closing Reception

Frederick Layton, 273 E Erie St., Milwaukee, WI

PSA: Milwaukee Art Museum’s Lakeside at MAM: Outdoor Arts Events Free And Family Friendly

From my email inbox!

Free Outdoor Fun at the Milwaukee Art Museum 

SAT–SUN, JULY 29–30, AUG 12–13, AUG 19–20 (2023)

Meet up with family and friends to enjoy art making with the Kohl’s Art Studio, a variety of music performances, yoga, and more at this free outdoor event series. Everyone’s invited to the Museum’s east lawn to soak up summertime creativity and culture, weather permitting.

Grab a seat, find a table, or bring your own picnic blanket—and enjoy the outdoors during Lakeside at MAM. Create art, catch live programming, attend a yoga class, and take in the sights on the green space where the Museum hugs Lake Michigan. Weather permitting, Lakeside at MAM is open with free admission; it’s all-ages friendly and easily accessible from the Oak Leaf Trail.

Some highlights are family art making with the Kohl’s Art Studio team, yoga, any number of diverse musical groups, Milwaukee favorite Ko-Thi Dance Company, story reading and games!

For the complete schedule…CLICK HERE!!!