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'Flying Creatures' Coming To Loop Light Poles

 The city is testing out new art on light poles in the Loop, starting with two creepy sculptures at Randolph and Wabash. 
Creepy Light Pole Art in the Loop
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THE LOOP — The latest installment in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's year of public art? "Flying creatures" hanging from a light pole in the Loop. 

The first creatures — a little imp and some sort of winged bear-pig — can be seen at Randolph Street and Wabash Avenue.

"Flying Creatures will be a series of kinetic street sculptures — or modern gargoyles — designed to animate Chicago’s streetscapes," said Mary May, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special events.

Pedestrians passing by the Flying Creatures at Randolph and Wabash. [DNAinfo/David Matthews]

Emanuel declared last year that 2017 would be a "year of public art," setting aside $1.5 million for installations in each of Chicago's 50 wards. Emanuel said then that "art is vital to a neighborhood's spirit and the quality of life for residents."

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Though the Loop gargoyles hang at a prominent intersection near a CTA stop, most pedestrians walk by without noticing them. 

"I wouldn't have seen them if you didn't point them out," said Tim Amos, a restaurant worker who was standing underneath the creatures when approached by DNAinfo. 

Amos liked the sculptures, saying the juxtaposition of the little demon next to a relatively innocent-looking pig represented an abstract "angel/devil" contrast. 

"But I'd be surprised if the response you get [from other people] isn't 'it's not Halloween yet,'" he said.

The first "Flying Creatures" in the Loop. [DNAinfo/David Matthews]

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