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The planters are in the form of giant heads, 6 1/2 feet tall, and 2,700 pounds. According to the sponsor's press materials, they're made of recycled concrete product and fabricated by SVI Theme Construction Solutions. The project was created by Plant Green Ideas in conjunction with Chicago Cultural Mile Association, founded by clothier Lawrence M. Pucci, who was the first tenant in Holabird and Root's 1928 Art Deco tower at 333 North Michigan.
The Plant Green Ideas sculptural heads project will provide a dramatic statement on the Chicago Cultural Mile while stimulating interest and engagement in sustainable practices. It is also our intention to encourage thought and discussion of ways to make the world around us greener and healthier.The project is intended to support the Sustainable Chicago 2015 initiative. You can even buy your own Green Chia version of the giant heads at selected Walgreen's, net proceeds benefiting SGA Youth and Family Services.
As laudable as are the project's goals, the result is more than a little generic. Unlike previous similar projects, individual heads weren't handed over to different artists, and it doesn't appear that the original goal of having each planting done by a different representative from Chicago's vibrant landscape design community was carried out.
And so we have a bunch of giant heads, differentiated almost entirely through a single applied color, although some heads do also show a variance in texture.
. . . or as objects setting off Chicago's distinctive architecture and monuments.
The heads are scheduled to remain on display through August 31.
Plant Green Ideas (official website)
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