Chicago’s newest public art exhibition, Statue Stories, is sure to have everyone talking.
The year-long city-wide arts project, unveiled today, not only calls attention to our city’s impressive statues and sculptures but it gives them a voice.
From the giant Picasso and Abraham Lincoln to the Art Institute’s lions, the Tin Man and even a cow from Chicago’s successful Cows on Parade, Chicago’s statues are speaking out.
In total 30 statues are part of the exhibition. They are located throughout the city from Dunbar, Humbolt and Lincoln parks in the neighborhoods to Grant and Millennium parks in the city’s center and in city plazas and museums.
A number of Chicago’s cultural institutions including: the Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Park District, The Chicago Public Library, The Chicago Tribune, Choose Chicago, The Cultural Mile, The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Field Museum, The Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, The Millennium Park Foundation, Shedd Aquarium, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City have worked together to mount this blockbuster exhibition.
The voices you’ll hear feature both local and national celebrities including Elizabeth McGovern, Bob Newhart, David Schwimmer, Renee Fleming, John C. Reilly and a host of others.
To hear the statues speak, all you have to do is to swipe your smartphone on a nearby sign and almost immediately you’ll get a “call back” from the statue with its story.
Some stories are historic, others are fictional while others will have you laughing.
The free Statue Stories exhibition runs now through summer of 2016. To learn about more about workshops and other related events, click here.
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