This year, there was one word for the lions' wreaths: plastic.
Drawing their inspiration from traditional cranberry wreaths, U of I professors Bruce and Stephanie Tharp fabricated wreathes out of 2,011 separate cranberry-colored plastic bubbles, each containing a wish from a Chicago area child. Kara Spak of the Sun-Times has a great story on the wreathes and their creators, including a sampling of wishes, here.
click photos for larger viewThe Tharp's design firm, Materious have brought to manufacture such designs as their easy-grip Samurai handled Umbrella, and their Piggy bank, sold out for the holidays in white, still available in pink - what does that say about us as a society? Also available is the super-sized Morgan Stanley version with the image of a golden parking meter inscribed on its side.
During the day, the wreathes look a bit hard and synthetic, a big concord-grapey.