The Bronze Fonz
Backstory and Context
With the statue standing 5 feet 6 inches, The Bronze Fonz accurately represents Henry Winkler and the character of Arthur Fonzarelli, with him in his usual attire, wearing denim jeans and a leather jacket, and him giving two thumbs up, which was a key part of his character in the show. The statue was created in 2008 and many of the hit 1970s sitcom cast was there to dedicate the unveiling including Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams, Don Most, and Tom Bosley.
For more than a decade, The Bronze Fonz statue has been a must-see attraction for anyone in the downtown Milwaukee area. In the heart of the city, the sculpture is featured on the Milwaukee Riverwalk, along with many other attractions. Whether you are a local to the Milwaukee area or visiting the city, The Bronze Fonz should be near the top of the list for places to visit.
“Bronze Fonz.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Oct. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_Fonz.
The Bronze Fonz is a sculpture in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that depicts Henry Winkler’s character of Arthur Fonzarrelli in the 1970’s sitcom Happy Days. The show took place in Milwaukee and this sculpture was created to commemorate the impact the television series had on the community. One of the reasons the city of Milwaukee wanted to go ahead with the creation of this sculpture was the hope that it would help nearby businesses and tourism.
“The Bronz Fonz.” VISIT Milwaukee, www.visitmilwaukee.org/articles/about-mke/bronze-fonz/.
Created in 2008, the bronze sculpture is one of the most visited sites in all of Milwaukee. Located on the Milwaukee Riverwalk, The Bronze Fonz is in the heart of the city and is surrounded by countless amounts of restaurants and sources of entertainment. To portray Henry Winkler’s character of Arthur Fonzarrelli, the statue is standing 5 foot 6 inches, wearing a leather jacket, sunglasses, and jeans, and giving two thumbs up, much like the character in the show. Many people like to take pictures with the sculpture and mimic his pose of giving two thumbs up. This sculpture remains one of the must-see artifacts in downtown Milwaukee.