Art Institute Lions Getting Solar Powered Wreaths

Friday, Nov 19, 2010  |  Updated 6:11 PM CDT
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Our first look at the solar-powered wreaths that go on the Art Institute lions this year.

Our first look at the solar-powered wreaths that go on the Art Institute lions this year.

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The two stone lions who guard the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Ave. will soon be wearing holiday wreaths again, but this year's wreaths will be a bit different.

For starters, they will be solar-powered. And their designers, the husband-and-wife firm of Stephanie and Bruce Tharp, have given them a different look, too. They have combined the look of traditional North American cranberry wreaths with the spirit of Buddhist and Taoist wishing trees.

The wreaths will be composed of a total of 2,011 spheres in various shades of red. And inside each sphere will be "a wish for the world in 2011" written by Chicago-area schoolchildren.

The wreaths will be placed on the lions the day after Thanksgiving.

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