Lighthouses On The Mag Mile
Chicago is a beautiful and diverse city. When we arrived this trip, I noticed a few decorated lighthouses on Michigan Avenue and looked up what the story was. I found out that the next day 51 Lighthouses would be debuted throughout the area.
Many years ago Chicago was one of the first cities in the United States to participate in this type of art display when they had “Cows on Parade” in 1999- all handpainted and decorated by local artists. Other cities have followed suit in years since, with Dogs in Boonton, New Jersey, “Catfish out of Water” in Nashville, and numerous other similar community art projects. Last year Del Mar, CA had horses painted by local artists in honor of the Breeder’s Cup being hosted there. Every city that has participated in these community art projects has benefited by increased tourism and community solidarity.
This summer, from June 19 to August 11 “Lighthouses on the Mag Mile” will be located throughout the city. The purpose of this display is to bring attention to improving the quality of life for those who are disabled or visually impaired.
Each lighthouse is 6 feet tall, and 30 inches wide at the base, and they become the “canvas” for each of the artists vision of inclusion for all who deal with disabilities. Many of the artists chosen actually live with disabilities of their own, making their work even more poignant.
Why a Lighthouse?
You may wonder why a lighthouse? The idea is of a lighthouse being a beacon to champion causes for people with disabilities. The whole project was created by the Chicago Lighthouse, which serves the blind, visually impaired, disabled and military veteran communities. Numerous area businesses and organizations have supported the project with financial backing.
Being a practicing Realtor, I was proud to see one of the lighthouses sponsored by the National Association of Realtors.
You Can Own A Lighthouse!
Chicago Treasure by Rich Green
After the display ends on August 11th some of the sponsors will have an opportunity to keep the lighthouses. Other lighthouses will be auctioned off online.
It’s amazing that using the same basic lighthouse, the artists could come up with such diverse interpretations!
If you can’t get to Chicago yourself to view these lovely works of art- please enjoy my photos of about half of the beautiful lighthouses which are on display. And please, be the “beacon of light” to those around you who may have disabilities.
Perhaps this project, and the lighthouses might inspire you to question how you could help to be a part of access and inclusion for those living with disabilities. If we all strive to make life a bit better for those who struggle, and help to focus on the “ability” in the word disability, we can all help to light our world and make it a bit brighter.
Love & The Machine – Dan Capuli, Amy Loevy & Edwin Capuli
For more information on the “Lighthouses of the Mag Mile” please visit their website: https://lighthousesonmagmile.com/
This link will tell you specifics about every lighthouse and the artist who created it: https://lighthousesonmagmile.com/gallery-artists
Information on the Chicago Lighthouse may be found at: Chicagolights.org