Bucks: New arena will showcase work of Wisconsin artists

Bucks: New arena will showcase work of Wisconsin artists

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Bucks arena construction, State Journal photo

In this March 16, 2017, photo, the new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks rises just to the north of the Bradley Center that opened in 1988. Steel beams and giant cranes tower over a busy construction site next to the Bradley Center that will turn into the next home of the Bucks. 

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks' new arena will showcase the work of Wisconsin artists or those with ties to the state.

The Bucks are planning to install more than 800 pieces of art around the 30-acre campus before it opens next year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported .

Bucks President Peter Feigin said the team plans to spend millions of dollars on artwork that will include murals, paintings, photography and sculptures. Art will even be displayed in the bathrooms of the more than $520 million area, he said.

"Our expectation is not to create a bland, senseless experience," Feigin said. "We want to go for greatness."

Feigin said he hopes to see art highlight the team's history and celebrate Milwaukee's industrial past.

"We have an unbelievable history," he said.

The team is working with Sports & The Arts to acquire the art. The firm creates art installations in sports and entertainment venues and recently curated art for the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

"The partnership seeks to create a one-of-a-kind, museum-quality art collection for the arena that incorporates artwork created by local artists and showcases Bucks and regional history," said Barry Baum, the team's senior vice president of communications.

The company is looking for about 40 original pieces of art, six murals and up to 200 photographs, said Traci Speca-Ventura, CEO of Sports & The Arts

"We really feel we're going to unearth some talent in Milwaukee," Speca-Ventura said.

Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 23 and artists will be notified in November.

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