Ladybug Building, Milwaukee, WI

Just east of the riverwalk, in downtown Milwaukee, WI, there is to be seen a curious infestation – giant ladybugs making their way down the side of a building on Water Street. The trio of bugs measure about 10′ in diameter each and seem to be out of place- but minding their own business as they harmlessly scale the façade of the building, known as the “Milwaukee Building.”

The ladybugs add a nice contrast to the austerity of the skyscraper landscape of the city’s downtown, and beg the question, what are they doing there? A work of Public Art, the insects were added back in 1999 to spruce up the downtown area. Recently in 2010, the dance club inside the building was re-opened as the Lady Bug Club, to take advantage of the critters hanging about. The club, now defunct and under new ownership (and with that, a new name), really renders the bugs a bit irrelevant.  But that’s alright. They’re not going anywhere.

While in the area:  Lots to do in Brew City.  Take a tour of the Miller Brewery, check out a Brewer’s baseball game, or check out the old Pabst Brewery and the Best Place Tavern in a very historic part of the city.

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