Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bronze Crusher statue revealed at South Milwaukee's Crusherfest; daughter says it's 'the best possible image' of him

The Lisowski family unveils the life-size statue of Reggie "Da Crusher" Lisowski at Crusherfest in South Milwaukee on June 8. (Photo: Erik S. Hanley/Now News Group)

The life-size bronze statue of South Milwaukee native Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski has been unveiled.

How ‘bout dat?

A crowd of hundreds surrounded the statue, which was covered in a gray striped cloth. Both whispers and yells of excitement filled the air, making South Milwaukee’s downtown feel like one of the arenas where the Crusher would perform.

Everyone was staring at the ring — or at least landscaping that resembled a wrestling ring — which surrounded the statue with bricks displaying names of donors.

A priest blessed the statue and then, to the tune of “The Crusher” played live by The Novas, the statue was uncovered by the Lisowski family
Holding a beer barrel on his shoulder with an iconic facial expression and wearing a belt that said "The Crusher," the statue looked alive with a high level of detail right down to the wrinkles in his forehead.