Reflections on “Man at Work”

These  giant (9-foot) statues line the Grohmann Museum’s rooftop sculpture garden.

Grohmann statues

Bronze statue atop Grohmann Museum, via Urban Milwaukee Dial, “One Piece at a Time: A Thousand Little Pieces,” by Judith Ann Moriarty, August 19, 2011 (

“Rooftop Sculpture Garden” (from

As I was walking into my building this morning, I saw this reflection in the windows of the office building across the street.  When I saw the statues’ silhouettes in the glass, I decided to take a picture.

Grohmann Museum rooftop sculptures

Then after dropping stuff off upstairs in my office, I ran to get coffee.  By the time I got back, the sun had emerged from behind a cloud.  What a difference a change in lighting makes in a photograph!

Grohmann rooftop sculptures

Coming into the building again much later in the day, around 4:15 pm, I noticed the sun hitting the statutes from the opposite angle.  I think of the three photos, this late afternoon one is my favorite.  It’s only an iPhone picture, but now I can look at the image whenever I like.  And if I ever decide to try for a better photograph, I can bring my good camera downtown on a similar afternoon.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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