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Janet Zweig and the Pedestrian Drama

December 14, 2010


Pay close attention to public sculpture on East Wisconsin Avenue in the coming year! Janet Zweig’s kiosk project Pedestrian Drama, will be installed on five light poles in down town Milwaukee.  The project comes with much anticipation after years of debate about its livelihood.



Zweig, who was actually born in Milwaukee, lives in Brooklyn, NY where she works in the public realm. In 2006 Zweig was selected through the Percent for Art program to create a public art project for Milwaukee. Her project will feature computer-operated flip-card animations of life as a Milwaukee pedestrian. Zweig is partnering with  Milwaukee artists and companies such as Wild Space Dance Company, and faculty from UWM.  In the past Zweig has created sculptures for the Hiawatha Light Rail Line in Minneapolis and the Prince Street subway station in NYC amidst many other installations throughout the U.S.  Many of her public works bring art into high traffic areas where one would not think to find art.  Zweig uses commentary  to strike people off guard when they least expect it. Her Milwaukee installation is unique because it will play on visual stories rather than verbal commentary.  Watch the video below to get an idea of whats to expect from her project. Don’t forget to visit her website



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