Compass (Simpson)

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Artist Gail Simpson
Year 2003
Type painted aluminum
Dimensions 670 cm (264 in)
Location East North Avenue and North Cambridge Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°3′36.748″N 87°53′31.75″W / 43.06020778°N 87.8921528°W / 43.06020778; -87.8921528Coordinates: 43°3′36.748″N 87°53′31.75″W / 43.06020778°N 87.8921528°W / 43.06020778; -87.8921528
Owner Eastside BID #20

Compass is a public art work by American artist Gail Simpson, located on the east side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] The painted alumnium sculpture was commissioned by the Eastside Business Improvement District #20 to serve as a gateway for pedestrians and vehicular traffic entering the North Avenue commercial zone. A tall stainless steel light post salvaged from the demolition of Milwaukee's Park East Freeway is surrounded by a colorful array of painted aluminum signs that protrude in a spiral formation. Each sign has a distinctive shape and word cut out in a unique typeface intended to reflect the history and character of the neighborhood. The artwork is located in the traffic median on the east side of the North Avenue Bridge. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel architecture critic Whitney Gould called the project, "part sculpture, part signpost."[2]


  1. ^ "Compass". Actual Size Artworks. Artist's website. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gould, Whitney (7 October 2002). "Public Art's Emergence Offers New Ways to Experience City". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.