Chicago Public Art Program > Public Art Projects
The Chicago Public Art Program implements the City’s Percent-for-Art and manages other publicly-funded permanent and temporary public art throughout the city. DCASE also manages the Chicago Public Art Collection, which includes more than 500 works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries, and CTA stations. The Collection provides the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment and enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists.
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12th District Police Station
Project Description: A public art exterior sculpture/installation commission to complement the construction of the 12th District Police Station located in the Near West Side neighborhood.
Address: 1412 South Blue Island Avenue
Little Village Branch Library
Project Description: A public art mural commission to complement the construction of the Little Village Branch Library located in the Little Village neighborhood.
Address: 2311 South Kedzie Avenue
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch Library
Project Description: A public art sculpture commission to complement the renovation of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch Library in the Chatham neighborhood.
Address: 415 E. 79th Street
23rd District Police Station
Project Description: A public art commission to create an exterior sculpture to complement the construction of the 23rd District Police Station in the Boystown neighborhood.
Address: 3600 N Halsted Street
Artist: Todd Palmer
Albany Park Branch Library
Project Description: A public art commission to create multiple video installations to complement the renovation of the Albany Park Branch Library located in the Albany Park neighborhood.
Address: 3401 West Foster Avenue
Artists: Dana Carter, Eunjung Hwang, Kirsten Leenaars, Edyta Stepien,
Riverwalk Banners: …between the below…
Project Description: Known for her drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures and installations that involve surfaces layered with flowers, glitter, lace and beads, Kingston-born artist Ebony G. Patterson will create a series of five intricate and colorful banners to adorn the Riverwalk.
Address: Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue Bridge
Artist: Ebony G. Patterson
Riverwalk, Columbus Under-bridge
Project Description: Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist Alberto Aguilar will create a temporary installation for the Columbus Avenue under-bridge site, transforming a well-traversed walkway into a zone of newfound meaning and simple revelation.
Address: Riverwalk at Columbus Drive
Artist: Alberto Aguilar
Maxwell Street Market Arts Engagement Project
Project Description: DCASE was awarded an NEA Our Town grant to fund the development of community-engaged arts programming at Maxwell Street Market that will inject new energy into the site, retain and grow vendors and diverse audiences, and expand the possibilities of the market and its surrounding footprint as a creative hub and artist incubator.
Address: 800 S. Desplaines Avenue
Artists/partners: Borderless Studio LLC, National Museum of Mexican Art, Yollocalli Arts Reach
Cermak Corridor Public Art Project
Project Description: A comprehensive public art installation that will reinforce the connection between the Cermak CTA Green Line station and McCormick Place.
Address: Cermak Road between State Street and King Drive
Wards: 3 and 4
Artist: to be announced
CTA Damen Green Line Public Art commission
Project Description: A commission to create a site-specific artwork that creates a sense of place and vibrancy for the new Damen Green Line CTA Elevated Station, located at the intersection of Damen Avenue and Lake Street.
Address: Damen Avenue and Lake Street
Artist: to be announced
Neighborhood Arts Project: Collectively Split
Project Description: In partnership with Alderman Cardenas and the 12th Ward, a public art commission to create a mural under South Archer Avenue viaducts. Address: South Archer Avenue at Western Avenue
Artist: Tony and Shannon Passero
Neighborhood Arts Project: Tribute to Ray Charles Easley
Project Description: In partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority, Alderman Taliaferro and the 29th Ward, a public art commission to create a sculpture at the CTA Chicago/Austin Bus turnaround
Address: Bus terminal at Chicago Avenue and Austin Boulevard
Artist: Jesus Acuna
Neighborhood Arts Project: Tierra
Project Description: In partnership with Alderman Laurino and the 39th Ward, a public art commission to create a mural on Cicero Avenue by North Branch Trail
Address: Viaduct wall under Cicero Avenue on the North Branch Trail Ward: 39
Artist: Tony and Shannon Passero
Neighborhood Arts Project: Volga
Project Description: In partnership with Alderman Arena and the 45th Ward, a public art commission to create a sculpture at the intersection of Milwaukee, Foster, and Central Avenue.
Address: Intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Foster Avenue, and Central Avenue
Artist: Bernard Williams
The Public Art Program has a limited, annual conservation budget that is used to maintain, preserve and protect the collection. Program staff monitors the condition of artworks and encourages representatives of City departments and other participating public agencies, as well as the general public, to advise DCASE of damaged, degraded or at-risk artworks.
Recent conservation projects include:
Victory Monument and Doughboy
Artist: Leonard Crunelle
Address: 35th Street and King Drive
Project Description: The Victory Monument, created by sculptor Leonard Crunelle, was built to honor the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, an African-American unit that served in France during World War I. The original granite and bronze monument was erected in 1927. The soldier or Doughboy on top was added in 1936 and dedicated to all African-American soldiers who died in the war. The beloved monuments received a cleaning and waxing last year.
Monument to the Great Northern Migration
Artist: Alison Saar
Address: 22nd Street and King Drive
Project Description: Alison Saar’s bronze figure is a testament to the thousands of African Americans who migrated to Chicago in the early 20th century in search of greater freedom and opportunity. The figure, installed in 1996, is oriented to the north, symbolizing the traveler’s destination. The bronze figure was cleaned last year, and the pedestal will be conserved in 2019. With permission of the artist, the city is creating a new mold and casting new bollards to replace those that are weathered or missing.
Bronzeville Walk of Fame
Artist: Geraldine McCullough
Address: 22nd to 35th Streets on King Drive
Project Description: Designed by Geraldine McCullough, the Bronzeville Walk of Fame has 91 bronze diamond-shaped plaques embedded on the sidewalks, medians, cross walks along King Drive from 22nd to 35th Streets. The plaques were placed in 1996 to commemorate current and former Bronzeville residents. Twenty-seven plaques were installed on this prominent work – 22 replaced those that had gone missing over the course of two decades, 3 reworked those that had deteriorated significantly, one of Jack Cooper that was found in storage was finally mounted and two gave Ida B. Wells and her husband Ferdinand Barnett each their own plaques in place of the previous joint one.
Artist: Margaret Wharton
Address: West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd Street
Project Description: Margaret Wharton deconstructed, reconstructed and reimagined everyday objects to make works of art. Installed in 1986, the work was in need of conservation after 32 years in the hot and dry conditions of the library. The artwork, made of oak with traditional glue joins, was repaired and secured.
Bessie Coleman Branch Library Quilt collection: Untitled and Untitled by Marie “Big Mama” Roseman (2–untitled); Overalls (1991) by Arbie Williams and quilted by Irene Barkherd, Texas (1992) by Laverne Brackens and quilted by Irene Barkherd
Address: Bessie Coleman Branch Library, 731 E. 63rd Street
Project Description: This significant collection of quilts by African-American artists was acquired in the mid-90s. In the more than twenty years since, the preservation and framing practices for textiles has changed significantly. The original frames were too tight for the textiles to breathe properly, and discoloration of the backing had occurred. The quilts were cleaned and remounted on new supports. Finally, new deeper frames with conservation glazing were made for each quilt.
Untitled, four sculptures
Artist: Derek Webster
Address: Chicago Bee Branch Library, 3647 S. State Street
Project Description: The African-American folk art sculptures created by Derek Webster have been on display since 1996 when the library opened. This was the first cleaning and repair for the sculptures, replacing broken plastic bottle caps and other appropriate elements.
Spiral Rain Form
Artist: David Morris
Address: 3rd District Police Station, 7040 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Project Description: The stainless steel vortex of diamond-shaped plates was created with computer-assisted design technology and installed in 1982. The exterior sculpture’s structural integrity had become compromised when the metal form was torn from its supporting column in a severe storm in 2016. In consultation with the sculptor, the piece was repaired, with new more durable attachment hardware installed and the concrete base reworked.
Artist: Mike Hill
Address: 1st District Police Station, 1718 S. State Street
Project Description: The sculpture by Mike Hill relates to the architectural scale and elements of the 1st District Police Station. The steel blocks and paving tiles were fabricated from scrap steel, the by-product of illegal firearms confiscated and destroyed by the Chicago Police Department, and transformed to create a contemplative space that honors those who protect the community. Chicago’s freeze/thaw cycle had caused many of the glass blocks to crack. Additionally, some of the colors had faded. Working with the original artist to refurbish the artwork, the seating was re-engineered to alleviate future cracking from environmental conditions. The artist sourced new glass blocks with more durable color. The artist is also refinishing the cast metal elements to be completed in 2019.
Artist: Michael Horn
Address: Chicago Riverwalk, Columbus Drive Bridge (northwest)
Project Description: Installed in 1954, Michael Horn’s work compares the city of Chicago to a phoenix rising from the flames. The main female figure represents Chicago emerging from hip-deep water symbolizing Lake Michigan. The bronze, 12 x 7 foot sculpture weighing 3 1/2 tons received a cleaning and waxing.
Chicago Stockyards Fire Memorial
Artist: Tom Scarff
Address: Stockyards Gate, Peoria Street and Exchange Avenue
Project Description: The Chicago Stockyards Fire Memorial by Tom Scarff is a sculpture memorializing the 21 Chicago firefighters killed during the December 22, 1910, fire at the Chicago Stockyards. It received a cleaning and waxing.