The His­tory of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Mu­ral

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture -

One of the most unas­sum­ingly his­toric build­ings in town is the WTMJ stu­dio on Capi­tol Drive, a util­i­tar­ian-look­ing struc­ture com­pleted in 1942 that claims to be the first build­ing in the coun­try de­signed to house both ra­dio and TV stu­dios. The 1941 fresco-mu­ral de­signed by then-Mil­wau­kee artist Jef­fer­son Greer (who carved the Theodore Roo­sevelt head at Mount Rush­more), and spread across the four walls of the lobby, speaks to this vi­sion­ary spirit. The painted plas­ter con­tains nu­mer­ous fig­ures rep­re­sent­ing the great hopes for broad­cast­ing’s fu­ture. The walls rep­re­sent the giv­ing spirit, sounds and light of broad­cast­ing, and the re­cep­tion of said out­put by hap­pier and bet­ter-in­formed con­sumers. But what draws most view­ers’ at­ten­tion is the odd em­pha­sis on nip­ples, as seen above.

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