If you're ever in downtown Milwaukee, you must check out the Grohmann Museum, located in the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) at 1000 N. Broadway. The collection in this museum was close to my heart because it's all about work, men and women doing jobs varied and diverse, but all important in our history and culture. I've talked about my appreciation for hard work in the past. I come from a long line of farmers and factory workers, and I respect hard work in all its forms.
From the minute you walk in, you're immersed in the beauty and power of work. The "Man at Work" mosaic greets you on the floor of the entryway and is so beautiful this scan of the work really doesn't do it justice:
It was designed by H. D. Tylle, a German artist, and shows five different images of men and women working as a miner, spinner, fieldworker, blacksmith, and foundry worker. What a fitting tribute to Milwaukee's history and the perfect introduction to the artwork inside.
The Grohmann Museum has three floors filled with over 900 paintings and sculptures that represent the working world in some way. There are artisans, laborers, professionals, and more, that span 400 years. In addition, the rooftop features an impressive sculpture garden that finishes off the pride and heritage of the collection.
Can you tell I was impressed?
While I can't show you all the paintings, I can share the photos I took of the sculpture garden. I hope it will inspire you to check it out yourself.