WEST RIDGE — Residents of the 40th Ward can vote now until midnight Wednesday on which of two art installation designs they'd like to see added at the entrance of the West Ridge Nature Preserve.
The two designs — one in the form of a folded Origami crane, the other looks like three "tree towers" — are designed by Green Star Movement and are part of the citywide 50/50 Art Project initiative, which seeks to bolster public art throughout Chicago's neighborhoods. Green Star Movement recently completed a mural outside the newly renovated historic Colvin House in Edgewater.
Renderings of the potential piece show colorful mosaics just west of the preserve's entrance at Western and Ardmore avenues.
Over the last seven months, Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th) said he's met with a number of neighborhood groups and block clubs to discuss the best place for the art project, as well as which artist group should head the endeavor.
Green Star Movement was chosen in part for its collaboration with volunteers and students on projects within the neighborhoods in which they live.
Through a survey, residents can signal which design they like best, and offer additional feedback.
The installation is set to begin around Labor Day, O'Connor said.
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