Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Year Of Public Art Designs Announced For 46th & 48th Wards

As part of Chicago's Year of Public Art, each ward in the city will showcase new public art. The 46th Ward has just revealed its part of the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project. Ald. Cappleman sent out an email this morning with the details:

"Thanks to a $10,000 matching grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Lucy Slivinski was selected to do a metal sculpture at the Broadway, Sheridan, Montrose intersection. A special thanks to Jackie and Peter Holsten, Jenn Kincaid from Uptown Underground, and Martin Sorge from Uptown United who assisted with this process.

About Artist Lucy Slivinski:
  • Ms. Slivinski is a critically acclaimed sculptor and installation artist based in Chicago. Slivinski holds an MFA, from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA, from Northern Illinois University. She has utilized salvaged materials in her practice for over 30 years.
  • Slivinski has exhibited her work in Miami at Art Basel, Fusion MIA and SCOPE fairs and all over the world having had numerous one person exhibitions in New York City, Chicago, Bordeaux, France, Havana, Cuba and Reading, PA to name a few.  She has several commissioned public art installations throughout Chicago, including the Logan Skate Park, Hedgerow in Grant Park and Natural Rhythm in Saint Cloud, MN.  
  • Slivinski has also incorporated salvaged materials in several collections of sculptural lighting that she has designed and fabricated. Click here for more information about Ms. Slivinski and her work. 
The sculpture will be a 14-foot rising phoenix bird pointing into the direction of the Uptown's Entertainment District. In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically reborn, obtaining new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. It's a symbol of looking forward to Uptown's future while also guarding its past where it finds its true strength.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: This sculpture will incorporate recycled metal from the Uptown neighborhood, including old bicycle scraps to highlight the increase of bicycle ridership throughout the ward in the last few years.

If you have metal that you would like to donate to this project, contact our office ( and we will arrange for artist Lucy Silvinski to come by your home to pick it up. People can also drop by the 46th Ward Office (4544 N. Broadway) on Saturday, Oct. 21 between 10am - Noon to donate scraps of metal and also meet the artist. You will become a part of history.

Items needed are: bikes, lawn chairs, metal piping, and metal tubing. (Do not bring any sheet metal or electronics.)

The 46th Ward has gone through some remarkable changes in the last several years, and it is my hope that this art will remain a treasure in the ward for many generations to come. It's another way that we can celebrate living in a community that we call home."

In the 47th Ward, artist Allison Svoboda has been selected as the artist, but no renderings are yet publicly available.

In the 48th Ward, artists Erik Peterson and Cheryl Pope have been selected for these decorative banners inside and outside the Broadway Armory:

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