The Memorial Weekend was busy – I have already posted 4 parts of this walk: Early morning photowalk at the Lake Front, Bike the Drive, Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park … then, to the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, IL … and, finally, Milwaukee!
After breakfast, we got into the car, and the car drove us to … Milwaukee. But even before reaching Wisconsin, the car veered to Zion, IL to bring us to Illinois Beach State Park. We were around there, so might as well, no. Then the car righted itself and drove to Milwaukee.
When we arrived in the city, as I was just there a week before, I told myself, no museum, no Miller Beer, but some other sites that are truly Milwaukeean. Fortunately, Tom, my photowalk buddy that day, is a Milwaukeephile – so he knew beautiful places to photograph.
The first place we stopped was the Black Cat Alley in Milwaukee’s East End.
It’s marketed as an outdoor art gallery, an often-visited oasis in the city, developed by the East Side Business Improvement District in 2016.
It is basically a private alley, both sides of which are painted with murals – according to The East Side website, there are 18 of them by artists from all over the world … and growing. So the murals are legit, not really street, and many are fun and whimsical. There are attempts though by many guerilla artists on the unpainted areas of the wall :-). As you can see here:
There is also a garden inspired by the mural behind it. It is quite beautiful and clever juxtaposition.
But what really intrigued me are the electrical meters and the pipes and other construction details. It seems like they are also parts of the art installation! I really think they are.
Some more photos here!