Feb 25th 2023

Opening: Saturday February 25, 2pm – 4pm at McKinley Park Community Garden
(remaining on view until it melts!)

Rain Date: Sunday, February 26, 2pm – 4pm
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Stalagmite Creamsicles is the latest public land artwork by Chicago artist/activists Latham Zearfoss and Anders Zanichkowsky. It begins Winter 2023 with an installation of large colorful ice sculptures dyed with natural pigments and containing seeds for native plants at the McKinley Park Community Garden. The shimmering, gem-like allure of these sculptures is meant to heighten our appreciation for the healthy Winter season that is necessary to preserve them, and even inspire a bit of sadness as the sculptures shrink and disintegrate. In the meantime they remind us of the beloved popsicles and paletas sold on the street across the city.

In Summer 2023 and beyond the garden that blooms from this artwork will attract bees and butterflies, and improve the soil and air. Latham and Anders, along with two Youth Stewards, will invite the community to a series of public events and art/ecology workshops in early June. In addition to bringing much needed wonder and beauty to the notoriously gray Chicago winters, Stalagmite Creamsicles will offer a focal point for the sorrow and anxiety we feel for our warming planet, and our love for its natural beauty.

This project was generously funded by E(art)h Chicago with added support from Tiger Strikes Asteroid and The Chicago Park District.

Come for art, themed treats, and hot tea brewed to match the ice sculptures!

Accessibility: The McKinley Park Community Garden is about 50 yards from the curbside parking and sidewalk on the northbound side of Damen Ave, across a lawn of grass with no hills. All events will be held outdoors at this location. Masks are optional and vaccination is strongly encouraged. Please reach out with any additional questions or access needs and we will do our best to accommodate them!

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