Chicago's new look for spring? Green.
Beginning soon, a new interactive public art installation is slated to premiere that aims to inspire the city and its visitors to start thinking about sustainability, health and living green.
Titled Plant Green Ideas, the installation consists of large sculptural heads that -- literally -- sprout with an impressive quaff of flowers and other greenery. Each locally-designed planter weighs about 2,700 pounds and was made using recycled concrete. The planters are equipped with QR codes that will help communicate a message of how people can be more environmentally-friendly in their day-to-day lives.
The initiative, cofounded by Robin Malpass and Pamella Capitanini and done in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, debuted the first sculpture earlier this month at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show and will next be shown at Sustainable Meetings Conference at McCormick Place April 7-10 before being brought to Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier and McCormick Place from Memorial Day until Aug. 31. The initiative may also be expanded to other cities soon.
After what happened to another certain piece of public art in the Mag Mile area not too long ago, here's hoping the sculptures will have more good hair days than bad.
Get a peak of the sculptures' construction and Flower & Garden Show preview: