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Ayla Boyle

My project stretches, links and weaves line, various in pattern and color, connecting buildings to the street-scape of downtown Milwaukee.”
Ayla Boyle ’14

Ayla Boyle ’14 (Sculpture) was recently named one of two winners in a a public art placemaking initiative from Creational Trails. Her design, The Dreamcatcher, features red, blue and yellow high-powered lasers connecting buildings along Wisconsin Avenue.

She chose the primary colors – red, blue and yellow – to “represent and reflect the starkly diverse population who convey up and down Wisconsin Avenue.”


Creational Trails called on artists to present ideas to rejuvenate a 10-block space on West Wisconsin Avenue for the summer/fall of 2014 as “an expression of the inspiring cultures throughout Milwaukee.”

Drawing her inspiration from a dreamcatcher she received as a child, Boyle said, “With The Dreamcatcher, I hope to share the perception and appreciation of pattern in an urban landscape, rich in connections and possibilities.”

“The tower webs of The Dreamcatcher hold a positive future of the interconnectedness – between a city’s buildings, between the city and ourselves, between each other, from the north or south side, be rich or poor, walking or driving – that we all seek.”


Funded through a grant from ArtPlace America, Creational Trails is led by the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE).

Jurors for this Wisconsin Avenue public art initiative include:
Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist, Public Art Consultant Regina Flanigan, Arts Administrator for the Chipstone Foundation Claudia Mooney, filmmaker Brad Pruitt, Milwaukee Art Museum Curator of Photography Lisa Sutcliffe, Director of the Portrait Society Gallery Debra Brehmer, and Preston Cole, environmental services superintendent at the Department of Public Works.

Read more about the project from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Project updates are available on Ayla Boyle’s website.

Images courtesy of Ayla Boyle.