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.