August 8, 2014

2014: Mia Capodilupo in The Chicago Tree Project @ Humboldt Park

Above: Mia Capodilupo found with her sculpture in progress at The Chicago Tree Project's Humboldt Park site, June 28, 2014.
Mia Capodilupo
June 28, 2014
The Chicago Tree Project
Humboldt Park
Chicago, IL

Chicago Sculpture International
Chicago Park District
City of Chicago

"Chicago Sculpture International (CSI), in conjunction with the Chicago Park District (CPD), is proud to announce the 'Chicago Tree Project,' a summer 2014 citywide plan to transform sick and dying trees into vibrant public art. Using art as a vessel for public engagement, sculptors will transform a variety of trees into fun and whimsical experiences for the greater Chicago community. The collaborative project between CSI artists and CPD and is part of the greater initiative to expand the reach of public art in Chicago.

'The Chicago Park District strives to integrate art and nature in many ways to enhance the experience of public spaces,' said General Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Park District Michael P. Kelly. 'This project builds on the city’s reputation for great public art, and brings the work of local sculptors to a wide array of neighborhoods throughout the city.'

Over the course of the summer, ten artists have adopted trees throughout Chicago and modify them through sculpture. With traditional carving methods, as well as mixed media and other embellishment, each tree will receive a new life as a centerpiece designed to encourage dialogue and enrich the surrounding park. The chosen trees will be in geographically diverse areas to give as many residents as possible access to the pieces."

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Above: Mia Capodilupo working on her sculpture at The Chicago Tree Project's Humboldt Park site, June 28, 2014.
Above: An overview of Chicago's Humboldt Park, east of Sacramento Boulevard, June 28, 2014.
Above: Chicago Dyke March tug of war in Humboldt Park on June 28, 2014.
Above: Chicago Dyke March tug of war in Humboldt Park on June 28, 2014.
Above: Chicago Dyke March queercore band in Humboldt Park on June 28, 2014.
"The 2014 Dyke March will kick-off at Roberto Clemente High School on the southeast corner of Western and Division at 3:30pm and march west down Division street to the boat house in Humboldt Park. The Latina/o PRIDE Picnic, which has been held in the community for almost 10 years will be the ending point for the Dyke March rally and picnic from 4pm-7pm, which will incorporate elements that have made both events a tradition in the LGBTQ community.


The Chicago Dyke March collective continues to evolve and exist as a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fatphobia and are body positive."

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Images (1-6) June 28, 2014;
Copyright Paul E. Germanos.

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