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Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Rusty the Boiler Mastodon

Life-size cubist-style mastodon made from a huge rusty factory boiler. Weighs 11 tons. The tusks are ten feet long, and the cyclops eye was originally 1929 Ford Model A headlight. Unveiled July 2023.

Address:
143 W. St Paul Ave., Milwaukee, WI
Directions:
Downtown, just west of the Milwaukee River, on the north side of W. St Paul Ave., across from the Pritzlaff Building parking garage.
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Mastodon Sculpture.

Mastodon Sculpture

This mastodon sculpture is made of steel weighing over 22,000 lbs, has tusks over 10 feet long & the Eyes are made from Ford Model A headlights. Its foundation is covered in rocks much like a mastodon would have traversed in real life. Located in downtown Milwaukee by 150 W. St. Paul Avenue with the freeway behind it. It's the brainchild of Milwaukee developer Kendall Breunig.

[Jill Barth, 12/13/2023]

Mastadon.

Rusty the Boiler Mastodon

Rusty was made from a steam boiler salvaged from Milwaukee's Nunn-Bush Shoe Company factory. He was welded together by blacksmith Kent Knapp, and weighs 11 tons.

[Craig Grondfeldt, 11/05/2023]

Rusty was named in an online contest. Among the names not chosen were "Rust O'Don" and "Bronz Mastodonz," a nod to the city's Bronz Fonz statue.


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