Bronze Fonz returns to Milwaukee's Riverwalk

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — It’s a happy day in Milwaukee as the beloved “Bronze Fonz” statue returns along the downtown Riverwalk.

CBS 58 told you in early February the statue went missing, causing a frenzy of questions on social media.

It turns out that the statue was simply being restored at Vanguard Sculpture Services.


Visit Milwaukee representatives say Vanguard recommended removing the Fonz’s paint and replaced it with a traditional patina for bronze. This will allow for better upkeep and maintenance.

CBS 58 spoke with Beth Sahagian-Allsopp, with Vanguard Sculpture Services, about the work they did on the statue. She says as an artist, it’s extremely important to maintain every single piece of artwork in existence, whether that is a painting or a statue.

The statue pays homage to “Happy Days” character Arthur Fonzarelli. The Bronze Fonz was created by Artist Gerald P. Sawyer. Fonzarelli (aka “Fonzie”) was the slicked-hair biker with a relaxed demeanor from the popular sitcom set in 1950s Milwaukee.

After more than a month away from the elements, the Bronze Fonz returns to his outdoor post on Friday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

They will also announce the Bronze Fonz Challenge winner.

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