Tip (sculpture)

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Artist David Middlebrook
Year 2004
Type bronze, basalt and marble
Dimensions 1,200 cm × 610 cm (480 in × 240 in)
Location Gordon Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Owner Milwaukee County

Tip is a public art work by American artist David Middlebrook, located in the Riverwest neighborhood north of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] The sculpture was created for Gordon Park as part of a revitalization initiative.[2]


Serving as an entrance arch at the northwest corner of the park, Tip stands on either side of an asphalt path. The work has three primary elements: a thumbprint-stamped basalt column, a sky-slicing net of iconic symbols cast in bronze, and a carved white Italian marble iceberg topped with a large anvil and delicate tree branch. The work's imagery invites viewers "into a dream-like narrative dealing with the geological and cultural history of the location."[3]


  1. ^ Snyder, Molly. "Middlebrook Tips Scale in Favor of Public Art". OnMilwaukee.com. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sculpture to be Installed in Riverwest's Gordon Park". Riverwest Currents. June 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Lawson, Mark (August 2004). "Context and Public Art: David Middlebrook's Tip at Gordon Park". Riverwest Currents. Retrieved 1 October 2012.