ITP E. 28 Light the Hoan with Ian Abston and Michael Hostad
This week, the gang welcomes Ian Abston and Michael Hostad, co-founders of Light the Hoan to chat about the history of the efforts to light the Hoan Bridge, their work and recent success to start work on lighting the bridge, and the challenges and opportunities that our city faces in getting big, new, innovative projects off the ground.
Listener mail back/bag (1:00), Summer of the comeback (2:40), Host story time: Experiences with Public Art (6:42), Audio transition: "Green Eggs and Ham" by Wes Tank (13:58), Guest intros and Ian dares David to "do good banter" (14:10), The origins of the Light the Hoan project (15:59), @ESPN showed an old skyline of Milwaukee on a nationally televised Bucks game and Milwaukee's underdog mentality (19:58), Milwaukee's challenges with over-modesty; Ian misquotes Roosevelt, David correctly corrects Ian but misattributes the quote to Churchill because apparently, like all good art, the quote is made up, but the sentiment stands and we support the point of #ImaginaryChurchill (26:30), The economic impact of lighting the Hoan bridge (29:17), When will we begin seeing lights? (31:44), How this project connects to Milwaukee and the community at-large (32:28), How people can buy a bulb (37:42), Michael and Ian's reigns as Arts and Culture Czar (40:25), Michael and Ian's reigns as Arts and Culture Czar cause technical difficulties on Mac's mic making him sound like a drunk frat bro (44:17) Plugs (50:01), Following up with Wes Tank (53:42), Post Outro Easter Egg (56:28).
Learn more and buy a bulb: Light the Hoan