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Kegnado will light up Milwaukee’s RiverWalk

GRAEF provides engineering for Lakefront Brewery artistic display

The Kegnado, a three-dimensional piece of dynamic public art, is attached to the northeast corner of Lakefront Brewery’s North Commerce Street building.

The 40-foot-high display features 71 used, stainless steel beer kegs that are attached to the building at seemingly random angles to create the illusion they are cascading down from the roof of the structure.

"The river and the people of Milwaukee have been very good to us over the years. In trying to give back, our brewery has built one of the most unique and beautiful art pieces that any brewery in the world has ever built,” stated Lakefront Brewery Co-Founder and President Russ Klisch. “It’s been years in the making.”

The concept for the artistic project was conceived by Retailworks Inc., a Milwaukee-based design and display firm, and built by J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., a Madison-based construction contractor that hired GRAEF to provide the engineering to enable the kegs to be attached to the walls of the brewery.

GRAEF engineers Beau Sanders and Joseph Parker created the system that allows the kegs to appear to suspend gravity.

“We hope this unique project will spur other luminous art installations along the river and encourage people and guests to stroll, kayak or boat up and down the RiverWalk," Klisch said.

The LED lights on the barrels are being programmed for an opening ceremony and other upcoming events and holidays.

The Kegnado’s opening is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Lakefront Brewery at 1872 N. Commerce St. encourages the public to attend and partake in the lighting festivities, which will include Lakefront’s food truck, the CurdWagon, serving neon rainbow cheese curds.

The Beer Hall will tap a new collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing Company called, Coast to Costa – a coffee blonde ale made with Costa Rican coffee beans. Grab a glow cup, glow jewelry and enjoy half-price growlers to take home.


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