Banksy Boxes LbNA # 62776
|Placed Date||Aug 5 2012|
|Location||Wauwatosa Cemetery, Wauwatosa, WI|
|Last Update||Jul 19 2015|
Banksy Boxes in the Wauwatosa Cemetery
7725 W. North Ave
Banksy is the name used by an “unknown” England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy goes by a pseudonym because his art is technically considered graffiti and vandalism by the Government. Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls, even going as far as to build physical prop pieces.
The Wauwatosa cemetery was founded in 1841 by pioneer settler Charles Hart. It is the oldest cemetery in Wauwatosa. In 1866 the cemetery was relocated to its current location after the original site was determined to be too small. The old cemetery was located south of the current Wauwatosa Cemetery near the River. The main cemetery burials are from 1822 to 1999. The cemetery currently houses approximately 6,000 graves and additional grave sites are still available.
Enter the Cemetery off of North Avenue. You will be entering the cemetery in the middle of the block onto Zemke Lane. This cemetery road borders the middle school parking lot. You can park easily on one of the small paths that run through the cemetery.
Find the structure located off of Zemke Lane. This was Wauwatosa's First Baptist Church was built in 1852 by Rev. Enoch Underwood. The church originally stood on the corner of North and Wauwatosa Avenues. In 1888, Underwood's son, Frederick, purchased the building and converted it into an armory for the Wisconsin Light Guard. In 1914, the church was relocated to the Wauwatosa Cemetery and dedicated to, the Reverend and Mrs. Enoch Underwood and the Reverend and Mrs. Luther Clapp.
Follow Zemke Lane’s asphalt path west as it curves onto Memorial Drive. Walk through the path lined by memorial trees. Stop at 8th tree on your right. The first letter of the last name of the person that this tree was dedicated to is ___.
Continue through the trees on Memorial Drive until the trees end. On your left you will see a metal plot marker reading Sec 10. Standing at the marker look for the tree shaped like the letter you wrote down in the previous clue.
The first Banksy Box is at the base of this tree.
Return to the asphalt path and follow it uphill until you reach a fork in the path. Continue on the path between Sec. 7 & 11. Stop between these two section markers and walk 43 paces until, on your right side, you see “Moss growing on a rolling stone”. Behind this “stone” locate the next white “flat stone”.
The second Banksy Box is located under this stone.
Walk north across the grass towards the structure you started at. Stop when you reach the asphalt path again.
Once you reach the asphalt path make a left and walk a short distance along the asphalt path until you see two large headstones on your right side, both headstones bare family names that contain 4 letters.
Walk between these two large stones through the grass until you see an old, small stone staircase to your left. Walk to the bottom of the staircase and turn left. Take several strides forward along the stone wall until you see four members of the “Gilbert” family pointing you to a break in the stone wall where the third Banksy Box is hidden.