Art Institute Chicago: Get into the Holiday Spirit with the Wreathing of the Art Institute Lions.


Chicago, November 26.  The Art Institute celebrates a grand holiday tradition! Visitors of all ages are invited to watch as giant wreaths are placed on each of the famous Art Institute bronze lion to herald the start of the holiday season.

Special wreaths combining the look of traditional North American Cranbeery Wreaths  with the hopeful spirit of Buddhist and Taoist whishing trees have been produced this year by Materious--the Chicago-based husband-and-wife firm of Stephanie and Bruce Tharp.

The wreaths are composed of 2011 spheres in shades of red. Inside each sphere is "a wish for the world in 2011" written by Chicago-area schoolchildren. Powered by solar energy, the wreaths will glow at night, bringing a festive and optimistic feel into the evening hours.

    •    Special appearances by Tiny Tim and Scrooge from Goodman Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Carol, and the museum's own Artie the Lion!
    •    Entertainment by lively performers of "The Little Dickens"
    •    Holiday sing-a-long to welcome the start of the holiday season
    •    Giant Mistletoe Ball suspended above the Art Institute's Grand Staircase

Entertainment begins at 10:00 am
WREATHING (NORTH LION) at around 10:10 am           
Sing-a-long takes place at approximately 10:25 am
                Michigan Avenue at Adams Street.

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