Controversial Lincoln Park Sculpture Finds New Home on Chicago's Lakefront

A sculpture that was once a source of complaints from Chicago residents has re-emerged on the city’s lakefront.

After years in storage, the 50-foot sculpture called “Chevron” by artist John Henry has been installed along Chicago's lakefront as part of the “Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.”

The sculpture didn't receive a warm welcome when it went up in front of a private Lincoln Park home four years ago.

“There was a lot of outrage,” said resident Randy Steinmeyer. “People thought it was way too big and a little grotesque perhaps.”

The beams were so big they hung over the sidewalk, violating city ordinance, and owner John Novak was forced to take it down. Now, Novak has loaned it to the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit so the work of art can once again be on display.

“It’s not over-imposing where it is now,” said Barbara Guttman with the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. “I want [people] to come out and take a look at it now, where there's no wall around it, so you see the entirety of it. Because you couldn't before, you only saw parts of it.”

Crews from Novak Construction installed “Chevron” in a field just north of the boat entrance to Diversey Harbor this week, and based on some early reviews, the massive sculpture could be ready for redemption.

“I really like it,” said Chicagoan Alan Platt. “I think it’s a nice addition to the lakefront.”

Now that it’s installed, the sculpture is expected to be washed and re-painted. It will be on loan to the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit for the next year.

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