Summer 2020 - In Locations Throughout The Neighborhood
Shoreline Repast, 2017
double-sided aluminum, paint, steel, recycled wood, hardware
72 x 78 x 4 inches
6 x 6 ½ x 1/3 feet
Commissioned for Sculpture Milwaukee 2017
Milwaukee-based artist Paul Druecke explores the various forms of public inscription that exist in our landscape. From faux National Park service historical markers to poetry-infused welcome mats, his experiments replace “official” language, that fix value and identity, with alternative narratives and cultural structures that allow us to consider how our world is shaped.
Druecke’s Shoreline Repast, commissioned for the inaugural Sculpture Milwaukee 2017, borrows the visual form of a public, commemorative plaque to celebrate Lake Michigan, the most important site of Milwaukee’s public rituals. The plaque appears to sink into the ground. The shift in orientation, which reconfigures the plaque's perpendicular, upright relation to the earth, magnifies the symbiotic, conditional nature of landmarks and the culture that erects them. Each side has a different style of language, showing the difference between our public and private worlds.
Mobile Animation Unit, 2019-2020
I’ll remember you as you were, not as what you’ll become, 2016
painted epoxy resin, fiberglass and urethane foam on welded stainless steel armature
84 x 108 x 120 inches
7 x 9 x 10 feet