Mayor hopes new 'Be Kind' installation sparks a movement in Milwaukee

NOW: Mayor hopes new ’Be Kind’ installation sparks a movement in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- At the unveiling of the new "Be Kind" art installation on Water Street in Milwaukee, Mayor Cavalier Johnson declared June 2, "Be Kind Day" in the city. 

"We can start a whole movement in Milwaukee," said Mayor Johnson. "By the simple act of being kind to one another. That's what it means." 

The words are short and to the point, but they're hard to miss on the busy corner of Water Street and Pleasant. 

Community leaders are also putting the words into action with events throughout the summer. 

Three events are already planned; a kindness rocks decorating event, a dog days of summer event, and The North End Community Clean up. 

The artist, Fred Kaems, used colors from the Milwaukee flag. He says he wanted the design to be fun and vibrant like the city he grew up in. 

"I love Milwaukee, and it's got a lot of great things to offer," said Kaems. "I think this is a message that can be more important to people here in the city and far across the world, and its really exciting to be able to share that with everyone." 

The Be Kind installation will be up through August. 

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