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Dedication set for arts district sculpture

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The Dr. Hill Community Association will hold a formal dedication Thursday of the new sculpture recently installed in its gateway garden at Noyes Street and Green Bay Road.


The Dr. Hill Community Association will hold a formal dedication Thursday of the new sculpture recently installed in its gateway garden at Noyes Street and Green Bay Road.

sculpture-dr-hill-dist-0908.jpgThree years in the making, the Arts District gateway garden is the product of a collaboration of the City of Evanston’s economic development office headed by Morris Robinson, Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, and former Mayor Lorraine Morton, who supported the group’s efforts to beautify the Arts District.

In 2005, with the help of a grant made through the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program, a scrubby triangle of dried grass separating Ashland Avenue and Noyes Street from Green Bay Road was transformed into a landscaped garden, elevated and shaped by large cut stones.

Spearheaded by developer and founding member of the Dr. Hill Group, John Leineweber, the project moved to phase II with a proposal to add a sculpture. Artist Chris Coghlan, who has collaborated with Leineweber to incorporate decorative architectural elements in his loft spaces, was awarded the commission for his design, entitled “Generations.”

Referring to Dr. Elizabeth Hill, an African American doctor who served her patients for many years at the Community Hospital and for whom the Arts District is named, Coghlan said, “I see the sculpture relating to Dr. Hill’s contributions, to the way in which one person’s actions help us all and how one person’s journey through life is interconnected with our families and our communities and generations to come.”

The dedication at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, will be followed by a reception in the courtyard of the Lighthouse Lofts at 1607 Simpson St. That in turn will be followed by the city’s starlight concert at 7:30 p.m. in Twiggs Park at Simpson and Bridge Streets featuring Evanston’s own, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons.

Information and photo from Dr. Hill Community Association.

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