International Sculpture

Establishing a legacy of support for both
the arts and environment
Flame of The Millennium by Leonardo Nierman
Mexico City, Mexico  *  Presented By: Alper Services
The Runners by Theodoros Papagiannis
Athens, Greece * O'Hare Airport
Arris by John Henr
McCormick Place
Being Born by Virginio Ferrari
Donald J. DePorter Gateway


The International Sculpture Program showcases artists’ work from 25 Sister Cities along Chicago’s gateways and expressways. Permanent, large-scale public art applauds Chicago as an international city of culture. Civic stewards who sponsor their display establish a legacy of support for both the arts and environment.

“Flame of the Millennium”, Gateway Green’s flagship installation, was dedicated in December 2002 at the southbound interior of the Ohio Interchange of the Kennedy Expressway.  Installation and production costs for “Flame of the Millennium” were generously underwritten by Alper Services. This abstract, stainless steel sculpture, created by Leonardo Nierman, stands twenty-five feet tall and weighs over seven tons. The piece represents a flame in the wind, as the source of light bringing wisdom and clarity in the new millennium.

“The Runners”, by Theodoros Papgiannis was Gateway’s second art installation. In the summer of 2006, with the support of the Athens Sister City committee and City partners, the sculpture was installed on the grounds of O’Hare International Airport at Terminal 5. The artist once said: similar to ancient Greek pottery figures, “The Runners” move through time, emerging from antiquity to meet the present. This sculpture will not only be pertinent tie between Athens and Chicago, but will surely become a landmark for the 100 million annual airport visitors.

Our Partners

Chicago Sister Cities International Program The Chicago Sister Cities International Program, under the auspices of the Department of Cultural Affairs, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive exchanges with Chicago’s international sister cities.

City of Chicago Public Art Program The Public Art Program provides citizens of Chicago with improved public environments, through enhancement of city buildings and open public spaces, showcasing quality works of art by professional artists and artisans.

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Chicago Departments of Transportation (CDOT) IDOT and CDOT play an integral role in all of Chicago Gateway Green’s roadside beautification efforts. This includes monitoring sites, assisting in landscape designs and providing logistical and material support.