Evanston Township High School junior Aela Morris won the teen competition in a citywide contest that gives a voice to Chicago statues.

The contest is called Statue Stories Chicago and is co-sponsored by the Chicago Park District. Her category attracted some 200 entries.

Morris’ “Fountain Girl” monologue was inspired by a small statue in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Statue Stories Chicago premiered in August 2015, when 30 statues across the city started “speaking their minds.” Chicago writers, actors, and comedians were commissioned to create each monologue, which can be accessed by swiping a smartphone on a plaque near the statue. 

Fountain Girl joins the conversation on Tuesday, with additional monologues that won the Goodman Theatre’s public writing competition.

Statue Stories Chicago is funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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