You Can Have Your Portrait Taken Today for an International Art Project

The photos will be installed on the pavement outside Chase Tower.

The “Inside Out 11M” art initiative is setting up a photo booth truck outside Chase Tower (111 E. Wisconsin Ave.) from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m today.

Everyone is invited to have their portrait taken and added to the initiative’s project. The photos will be printed out at 36×53 inches and installed on the pavement outside the Tower and the RiverWalk.

The “Inside Out 11M” initiative is “a global participatory art project … to pay tribute to the power and dignity of individuals by displaying their portraits in public spaces around the world.” It comes to Milwaukee as part of Downtown BID #21’s “JumpstART” summer campaign, which has been behind other public art installations, like the Schlitz Park Mural.

The 11M in the initiative’s title is a reference to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The project will “underscore public support for creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million,” according to a press release.

The initiative will also stop in Madison, Las Vegas, Denver, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. on a tour around the country. The initiative, which was started by JR, a French artist, has been active for over a decade, and more than 400,000 people from 138 countries have participated.

The final installation of the portraits taken today will happen at 6:30 p.m., with live music accompanying the event. The installation will remain on display at the plaza until this Monday, Aug. 30.



Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.