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New 'Tree Towers' Sculpture Will Add Sparkle To West Ridge Nature Preserve

By Linze Rice | August 4, 2017 5:42am
 The winning design for a new sculpture at the West Ridge Nature Preserve
The winning design for a new sculpture at the West Ridge Nature Preserve
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Green Star Movement

WEST RIDGE — A new art piece inspired by scenes from the outdoors is making its way to the West Ridge Nature Preserve.

Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th) asked residents and park-goers to weigh-in this week on which of two Green Star Movement art installation designs they liked best. 

On Thursday, he announced the majority of the 452 voters had chosen the "tree towers" design: a trio of concrete "trees" covered in reflective and brightly colored tiles that depict various floral and nature-inspired mosaics.

The piece comes by way of the citywide 50/50 Neighborhood Art Project initiative, which seeks to bolster public art throughout Chicago's neighborhoods. 

Over the last seven months, O'Connor said he's met with a number of neighborhood groups and block clubs to discuss the best place for the 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.

The installation is set to begin around Labor Day, O'Connor said. 

The sculptures will be among grass just past the preserve's entrance at Western and Ardmore avenues. [Green Star Movement]