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What's Up With Those Wolf Statues in the South Loop? Yelp Has a Few Ideas

By Kyla Gardner | July 24, 2015 8:25am | Updated on July 25, 2015 8:36am

CHICAGO — Yelpers aren't sure what's going on with the wolves at 11th and Wabash, but whatever it is, they like it.

"The Leaping Wall" statue is the subject of this week's edition of "Chicago, Reviewed," where DNAinfo Chicago highlights Yelp reviews of Chicago things.

For the Columbia College sculpture, it received 5 out of 5 stars from four reviews.

All reviews and photos credited to Yelp.

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According to Atlas Obscura, the sculpture is based on this painting called "Legends Rustiques."

What is Yelp good for if not learning some history now and then?

The fable of the Livonian Wolves is that a bunch of werewolves, around Christmas, get really drunk (and maybe eat people?) and try to jump over a huge wall.

Those who can't are punished, possibly by other werewolves or the devil.

What, is that one guy reading up on jumping techniques?

"The Leaping Wall" looks like it was actually a new piece from Ellen Nesvick, whose other animal-themed sculpture in the South Loop was badly damaged in the early 1990s, according to the Chronicle.

Nesvick said of the new sculpture, "The Leaping Wall" is "somewhat like a fairy tale which characterizes imagination in an urban setting," she said.

"The wolves and the stylistic wall fragment comes from a world outside of the city and a time that is not defined by urban schedules. The wall represents the boundaries of fact and the wolves become personalities of our imaginations."

Nasvick's previous sculpture also had to do with the relationship between humans and nature.

For all these Yelpers complaining about a lack of information or a plaque about the sculpture, that might have been the point.

The Chronicle says Nesvick wrote that the piece deals with, "the humanity of imagination, but one that may or may not suffer because of the lack of it."

And that "Werewolves of London" song is great, by the way: