Memorial for Tuskegee Airmen Vandalized

Artist Hebru Brantley said he hopes to work with the Chicago Park District to restore the installation

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    Vandals struck a lakefront memorial dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen over the weekend.

    The installation by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley features statues of bold-colored children wearing aviator glasses in a tribute to the African American aviators of World War II.

    Officers from the Chicago Police Department said they were called to the area shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday. Chicago Park District employees were seen hours earlier making upright the sculptures that had been toppled. Many of them were cracked. Larger chunks were missing from others.

    "I am deeply disheartened by the recent actions taken towards the installation of ‘The Watch,’” Brantley said in a statement received by the Chicago Tribune. "There is no place for vandalism in our great city of Chicago or in society in general. The installation is intended to speak to parts of all of us, and give us license to be different, to examine who we are, and to dream about how we might one day change our environments for the better."

    Brantley said he hopes to work with the Chicago Park District to restore the installation, which initially stood in Pioneer Court along Michigan Avenue.
     

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