Westown in Bloom

Westown In Bloom

Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 and the Downtown Placemaking Task Force have commissioned local artist Emma Daisy Gertel for the new Westown Gateway Mural at the northeast corner of James Lovell Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The high-impact, west-facing canvas will feature an urban garden as its subject matter—a metaphor for the resurgence in Westown. Installation will begin in late-June following community engagement sessions. The approximate size of the mural will be 80 feet wide and 50 feet high.

Meet the Muralist

Meet Emma Daisy Gertel as she rolls a chalkboard full of ideas and inspiration through two Westown Wednesday events, on Wednesday, June 19. Provide your input on the design and receive a custom-designed wildflower seed packet.

“My artistic concept is to create a bright, colorful garden of flora to enliven the space and create a sense of wonder, vibrancy, beauty and hope that is representative of the revitalization and renewal efforts of Westown,” said mural artist Emma Daisy Gertel. “Plant life improves mood and there is nothing more welcoming to visitors than fresh flowers.” 

Watch Westown bloom on social media by following #westowninbloom. 

Westown Gateway Mural Ribbon-Cutting Milwaukee Downtown Placemaking Public Art

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM 

Join community members to celebrate the completion of the Westown Gateway Mural, next Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM, in the parking lot adjacent to the mural at 622 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Enjoy free doughnuts and coffee, courtesy of Dunkin', plus free mini-bouquets of flowers from Bluebird Design and gift cards from Dunkin' for the first 50 guests.

A brief program will commence at 10:00 AM, followed by a ribbon-cutting.  

Community Supporters

Westown Gateway Mural Emma Daisy Gertel Cristina Ossers Milwaukee Downtown

Photos courtesy of Cristina Ossers