Wisconsin Avenue is home to 10 new murals lining the street. Up and down the Avenue, mundane, gray utility boxes were situated on each block. Although the boxes are essential, they’re also a blight to the appeal of Wisconsin Avenue. Now, though, the transformed boxes enhance the charm of the street and have become the talk of the town as each box acts as a new painting on display. Artist Mauricio Ramirez made his way up the Avenue, adding ten new pieces of art that exemplify the key figures and history of Wisconsin Avenue.
Milwaukee Downtown recently selected Albuquerque by way of Chicago visual artist Mauricio Ramirez as Wisconsin Avenue's artist in residence. Ramirez has created murals across the country for Microsoft, Warner Music Group, VitaminWater, Red Bull, Stella Artois and The City of Albuquerque. This project will have him concept and execute mural installations on ten utility boxes along Wisconsin Avenue from Cass to 9th streets.
The utility box mural project is one of several arts initiatives for Wisconsin Avenue. Among the soon-to-debut installations are Sculpture Milwaukee and Lighting the Avenue. All projects are part of Arts on the Avenue – an initiative to heighten awareness of the creative community.