Local Public Art
Over ten years ago, Chicago started a local public street art trend with its “Cows on Parade.” Duplicate life-size fiberglass cows, each uniquely decorated by different artists, were displayed on various locations downtown. The cows were then auctioned off, and I have seen a couple of these cows since.
Chicago has repeated the concept with different themes each summer. This summer, large head planters (see Plant Green Ideas) are situated along Michigan Avenue. I really like them and the green initiative they represent, but they are a bit reminiscent of Chia Pets.
Suburban towns have also had some of these public art programs, and I have a personal story as a Task Rabbit trying to ship a large “Wicked” globe to a couple in Texas that purchased this public art on ebay (See part 1 and part 2 of my other blog). I never found out what town sponsored that “Musical” art (?) and would still like to know.
One nearby town, Tinley Park, has continued their “benches” functional art program for several years. We’ve driven by this year’s display several times, but today we got out of the car and walked along both sides of Oak Park Avenue. My son and I immediately recognized the various fairy tales and enjoyed the artists’ renditions.
My personal favorite is the “Bremen Town Musicians,” mostly because some of Tinley Park is in Bremen Township, and I enjoyed the fact that the artists chose this lesser-known tale in honor of their township.
Good day, good walk!