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Hi again, Sydney Hih!
Hi again, Sydney Hih!
Written next to The Unicorn's door days before the demolition.
Written next to The Unicorn's door days before the demolition.
Hello, Milwaukee.
Hello, Milwaukee.

Sydney Hih letters to become public art

Last year, the iconic Sydney Hih building was torn down, causing great controversy among Milwaukeeans. Some believed it was a terrible eye sore that simply needed to go whereas others – particularly those who had memories of seeing bands at The Unicorn or eating at Siam's – wanted to see it renovated.

On Friday, Jan. 18, the nine metal letters that spelled out "Sydney Hih" on the front of the building will be reborn as public art at The Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The letters have been preserved and restored and will be placed permanently in the windows of the walkway over Plankinton Avenue.

Personally, I have my own collection of memories from the building. A construction worker gave me a brick during the demolition process and a kind reader sent me a piece of the Unicorn's yellow-painted door.

The installation of the letters in a highly visible area is a great idea. We need more public art in Milwaukee and for those of us with crazy, hazy memories of the brightly-colored monstrosity, it will be fun to see a small portion of it that's still intact.

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CarolV | Jan. 18, 2013 at 4:12 p.m. (report)

I was too late for a brick :( Our daughter was named after that building - where my hubby and I had our first kiss (at the Unicorn). We snapped a few pix with our Sydney and the building at least before they took the letters down and demolished. Will look forward to checking out her letters at the Grand Ave. sometime soon! Thx for the update.

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Molly | Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:56 a.m. (report)

Hey, Hardgeminiguy. The letters were removed before the demolition of the building and in the preservation process for a while now. They will be unveiled today at 2 p.m.

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hardgeminiguy | Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:39 a.m. (report)

Why are the letters not being pictured? write about them and not show them. Does not make sense.

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hardgeminiguy | Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:37 a.m. (report)

Why are the letters not shown? Does not make sense.

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