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.