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Stolen Bus Shelter Artwork Reinstalled


Milwaukee, WI – After a bizarre series of twists and turns, a beautiful piece of artwork that was stolen from a MCTS bus shelter is back up where it belongs.

Crews finished reinstalling Gloria Ruiz-Santos' unique design, “Colorful Serape”, on a bus shelter at 6th and National in Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon. 

The piece was stolen on September 10th by a man who was caught on surveillance video riding away from the crime scene on a MCTS bus. One day after the thief’s image was featured in news reports, someone returned the stolen art to the shelter. However, the art was badly damaged and needed to be replaced. Milwaukee police continue to investigate the heist.

"I'm so excited that my artwork is back up on the bus shelter, adding even more bright colors to this already vibrant and diverse neighborhood," Ruiz-Santos said. "I'm grateful for everyone who has shown support for my work and the innovative Bus Shelter Art Project that MCTS kicked off over the summer.”

About the Bus Shelter Art Project

The Bus Shelter Art Project is a collaboration between the Milwaukee County Transit System and The Bus Art Project MKE to spread art across the community. The Bus Art Project MKE works with local artists and raises money to pay for the production and installation of the art, then MCTS provides the space. In 2018, seven original pieces of art were produced and installed in bus shelters, with more planned in the future.