TIN working on steel artwork
October 30, 2009
By Michael Timm
A metal sculpture may embellish the intersection of Howell, Kinnickinnic, and Lincoln avenues next to the island bus shelter, at the “heart of the downtown area,” according to 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski.
The Bay View Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) has opted to construct public artwork at that site for its community project, said Zielinski, who said each TIN selects a community project. A TIN channels city resources to certain neighborhoods to promote owner-occupancy and increase quality of life. Bay View’s TIN spans from Kinnickinnic Avenue to Greeley Street and Becher Street to Rosedale Avenue.
Zielinski said the Bay View TIN has a couple thousand dollars for the project and that he’s raised $5,000 from the private sector, adding that there may be different city funds he can tap into. Milwaukee Forge will donate steel and Sheila Semrou will donate her architectural design services, Zielinski said.
Semrou, an 18-year Bay View resident and currently business development manager for TRIAD Construction, Inc., said she has over 20 years of architectural design experience. “I don’t want to divulge too much, only that we’re still in the process of the design,” she said, but added that Badger Rail may assist with some fabrication work and TRIAD may also provide additional oversight.
She complimented the KK Triangle Garden installed by the Bay View Neighborhood Association and Bay View Garden and Yard Society in June 2008 as well as the work of nearby businesses like Lulu and Stone Creek to beautify the area.
“That intersection, that location, is very important to Bay View-making it aesthetically pleasing,” Semrou said.
There is no timeline for the project.
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