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Flying Creatures Soar Below Loop ‘L’ Tracks

  • (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

    (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

  • (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

    (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

  • (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

    (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

Beneath Wabash/Randolph “L” tracks are a trio of flying sculptures: a gargoyle, bear and a turtle.

The recently installed “Flying Creatures Initiative” on the southeast corner of Wabash Avenue and Randolph Street is part of the city’s Year of Public Art.

“Flying Creatures will be a series of kinetic street sculptures – or modern gargoyles – designed to animate Chicago’s streetscapes,” said Mary May, a public relations representative for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

DCASE is working in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation on the initiative.

Last October, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared 2017 the “Year of Public Art,” with the goal of investing in artist-led community projects throughout the city’s 50 wards through the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project and the creation of a Public Youth Arts Corp.

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