Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Chicago Freedom Museum preps for April opening

The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, located in the first two floors of the artifact-studded Tribune Tower annex most recently home to a Hammecher Schlemer store, is the final stages of construction. The 10,000 square foot facility, designed by VOA Associates and exhibit designers Gallagher and Associates, is shooting for an April opening. The museum hopes to offer free admission to school tour groups to educate and counter what may be a very tenuous understanding of our most basic freedoms - nearly one third of the students in a recent survey thought publishing articles about our government required advance permission. At a presentation sponsored by Friends of Downtown at the Cultural Center earlier this month, the museum's executive director David Anderson ran into resistance from his audience to the proposed standard admission fees of $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. The centerpiece for the museum's central rotunda will be a spiral sculpture by Peter Bernheim and Amy Larimer, 12151791 (the ratification date of the 1st amendment), a series of stainless steel plates, eventually to number up to 1,000, "hovering from vertical cables. Each plate depicts the text of a historical record of freedom."

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