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What's Up With The 11,000 Flags Installed Along The 606?

By Mina Bloom | March 10, 2017 1:12pm | Updated on March 10, 2017 4:51pm
 More than 11,000 flags were installed at the Exelon Observatory.
More than 11,000 flags were installed at the Exelon Observatory.
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Courtesy/The Trust For Public Land

LOGAN SQUARE — More than 11,000 flags have been installed along The 606's Bloomingdale Trail, many of them created by local students.

The large-scale art installation, situated at the Exelon Observatory at 1801 N. Ridgeway Ave., showcases a visual interpretation of each artist's thoughts and opinions on the current political and social climate.

Using only lines and colors, more than a thousand students from seven local schools and a group of residents who live within 10 minutes of the trail created 2,000 of the flags.

Chicago-based artist Gwendolyn Terry spearheaded the art installation, dubbed "Declaration." Terry was inspired by the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

The art installation, "Declaration," was unveiled Friday morning. [All photos Courtesy/The Trust For Public Land]


Organizers originally said there would be 20,000 flags, but late Friday afternoon corrected the total to say there was 11,000.

Terry, student artists, Marine Leadership Academy Color Guard and The Trust For Public Land's interim Chicago region director, Jamie Simone, all convened for an unveiling ceremony Friday morning. Zahira Baker also performed.

Students and residents from the following schools and organizations participated in the project: Funston Elementary School, Humboldt Community Christian School, Humboldt Park After School Program, La Casa Norte, LUCHA, Marine Leadership Academy at Ames, Moos Elementary School, Pulaski International School of Chicago, Rowe Elementary Charter School, Stowe Elementary School and YOUmedia at Humboldt Park Library.