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Edgebrook Owl Statue Came Within 1 Vote Of Being Named 'Owly McOwlface'

By Alex Nitkin | August 3, 2017 6:18am
 Laura Guenther, president of Everyday Edgebrook and owner of Local Goods Chicago (left) and sculptor Todd Willing flank Eddie the Everyday Edgebrook Owl.
Laura Guenther, president of Everyday Edgebrook and owner of Local Goods Chicago (left) and sculptor Todd Willing flank Eddie the Everyday Edgebrook Owl.
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CHICAGO — The results are in.

Voters have chosen the relatively traditional "Eddie" as the name for the metal owl sculpture perched in Edgebrook, beating runner-up "Owly McOwlface" by a single vote.

Last month, the neighborhood group Everyday Edgebrook sponsored a 4-foot metal sculpture of a wide-eyed owl and set it in front of Local Goods Chicago, 5422 W. Devon Ave., where it will stay for about a year, group president Laura Guenther said.

The group used social media to brainstorm possible names for the new public art piece, eventually squeezing a few finalists into a Facebook poll.

By the time voting closed this week, "Eddie" had beat "Owly McOwlface" by just 0.7 percentage points. The poll saw 157 responses, meaning that Eddie's margin of victory came down to one vote.

The piece came courtesy of the nonprofit arts group Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, which helps artists find temporary homes for their work. Edgebrook business leaders chose the owl because of the neighborhood's proximity to several Cook County forest preserves, hoping that "a beautiful work of art would attract people to the neighborhood," Guenther said.