As you know Chicago Gateway Green works to make this city aesthetically pleasing to all community members and visitors to Chicago. Through our Expressway Partnership Program, Tree Planting Program and International Sculpture installations we maintain and create new landscapes with our supportive sponsors year after year. The 4 sculptures in particular have been donated works by artists from 25 Sister Cities to be placed along Chicago’s gateways and expressways. This combination of powerful art with nature really honors what this city’s culture represents.
We want to pay special attention to one project that we have fortunately been able to enhance from its former state. “The Flame of The Millennium” By Leonardo Nierman arrived to Chicago in 2002 all the way from Mexico City, Mexico. This generous donation by our sponsor Alper Services stands 25 feet tall and weighs a full 7 tons. As you pass the southbound interior of the Ohio Interchange of the Kennedy Expressway you will see this shiny fire looking figure. In an area what was once simply bare grass we have been able to create an artistic vision for the passing roads into and out of the city. As a symbol of hope and change, CGG hopes to continue the International Sculpture program in other areas of the city where we can make a lasting impact. The area of the highway now takes on some meaning as drivers can contemplate the flame surrounded by flowers.
As you can see above the “Flame of The Millennium” is worth a drive by to see how Chicago Gateway Green has changed outdoor spaces with the International Sculpture partnership program and we can only hope to continue the installations of theses outdoor masterpieces in the years to come.