Forever in Bronze
Discovering sculpture at Discovery World
Two ladies arrive to bookend the sculpture with their bikes. They pause to photograph Mr. H. A nearby visitor remarks Harland needs a briefcase, but no, a briefcase is not needed in such a place as this.
H. looks like quite the friendly chap, with his right arm draped casually over the back of the bench, and his veined left hand (with a small ring on the finger adjacent to his pinkie) relaxed on his left leg. Though frankly, he could use a new tailor, or at least a tailor who understands that a gentleman’s suit should never appear to be excessively wrinkled. The artist, Mike Capser, is no Rodin, but all in all, the Fonz should be so lucky.
Among Milwaukee’s numerous memorial sculptures are those honoring
the likes of Leif Ericson, Martin Luther King, Pere Marquette and stalwarts who
command from the backs of steeds rearing along Wisconsin Avenue. North of where
Harland sits, a 10-foot-6-inch Abraham Lincoln stands guard, on his feet since
1934, his lawyer days also far behind.