Downtown Salutes Those Who MKE A Difference
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In the summer of 2020, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, the Downtown Placemaking Task Force, and the City of Milwaukee's Department of Public Works commissioned Milwaukee artist Ken Brown for a new mural on the MacArthur Square parking structure, located at 841 N. James Lovell Street. Spanning 620 feet wide and six feet in height, the mural celebrates the city's essential workers and frontline heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, including healthcare workers, teachers, and grocery store workers. Brown integrates essential workers, flowers, and symbols into a mosaic-inspired mural titled "The Hero in You."
The mural draws attention to one of the city's most prominent, but overlooked, civic spaces, anchored by the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Milwaukee Public Museum, and Milwaukee Police Department headquarters. The mural is part of a larger, ongoing project to restore the MacArthur Square parking structure and green space. In 2019, the parking structure received upgrades, including a repaired facade, new railings, and new signage.