Case Maclaim installed “The Unsung Hero,” a six-story monumental piece for Singerman real estate in the Historic Third Ward, in 2019. Maclaim, whose given name is Andreas Von Chrzanowski, had planned to spend the week painting in Moscow before jetting to Sicily, then to Paris and Mexico City for work. But after hearing about this Historic Third-Ward commission from Wallpapered City, he chose to devote his talents to Milwaukee instead.
The image is an homage to makers, and specifically the role that strong working women have played in the Historic Third Ward (and Milwaukee, by extension). The model is a notable Milwaukee chef, and this custom “portrait” of her as every working woman hearkens back to the origins of the building as a hosiery producer in the early 20th century, where scores of women worked long hours in the factory.