Girls and Birds

Title: Girls and Birds

Location: Wisconsin Maritime Museum Parking lot

Artist: Kelly Howlett

Date: 2021

This utility box was part of a 2021 collaboration between the Rahr-West Art Museum Public Arts Committee and Manitowoc Public Utility. Ten utility boxes in downtown Manitowoc were painted by local artists with designs based on works from the Museum’s collection.

Kelly Howlett remarked, “I chose Fillettes Et Oiseauz by Sam Briss. I liked it because it was light and fun and I could easily see myself doing my own version of it. I also chose to paint real birds instead of stylistic ones because I wanted to add something local to the feeling of it.”

Sponsors: Manitowoc Public Utilities, City of Manitowoc Room Tax Commission, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Hallman Lindsay Paint.