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Towering Statue in Armitage Front Lawn Reportedly Coming Down

By Paul Biasco | March 28, 2013 6:17pm

LINCOLN PARK — A 52-foot-tall towering blue steel sculpture on the front lawn of a Lincoln Park home along Armitage Avenue is on its way down, according to a Crain's report.

The sculpture, which jets out from behind a tall brick fence surrounding the home at the corner of Armitage and Burling Street, has faced public criticism since it was erected in the fall of 2011.

The owner of the home, John Novak, who owns Novak Construction Co., agreed to remove the sculpture as a concession to keep the fence around his property, which is taller than zoning rules allow for, according to Crain's.

The agreement was made between Novak and Ald. Michele Smith (43rd), according to the report.

Smith did not return a call for comment.

The sculpture named Chevron measures 52 feet high, 30 feet wide and 30 feet deep, according to specs on the artist, John Henry's, website.

Not all neighbors were happy that it will be coming down.

Angie Cohen, who lives a few blocks east of Burling, said she often walks by the statue multiple times a week and will miss it.

"I think it doesn't hurt anybody, but maybe it's not the color I'd want," she said. "I kinda smile when I see it. It reminds me of a Dutch windmill."

The sculpture will be moved in the "coming weeks" to Northern Illinois University, according to Crain's.