"COMPASS" Gail Simpson, North Ave. at Cambridge, Milwaukee WI, 22’ high


This sculpture takes the form of a destination pole with a spiraling cluster of signs related to this East Side neighborhood's history and personality. The signs were inspired by the visual texture of the older streetscape that is still visible amidst the new, including older signs from businesses and merchants that are still present as the neighborhoods have made transitions. These signs are often unusually shaped and colored, and are evidence of the individuals and places that give a neighborhood its own flavor. The typefaces and shapes represent different time periods and styles. The pole is a recycled light post from the highway removal project.