Is that a horse stable outside of Starbucks? Magnificent Mile visitors could be asking that question next month, as installation of at least 50 life-size horse statues begins along Michigan Avenue.
The public art project featuring 6-foot-tall, 6-foot-long statues made of weatherproof fiberglass will also serve as a fundraiser for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which assists families of fallen or severely injured officers.
“The horses do represent our commitment to the living and dead officers and to their families” – Art Hannus
Each statue will be decorated by local artists and will have carried with it a minimum donation of $2,500 to the foundation. All but one of the horses will also be named after officers who have died in the line of duty, said project organizers, who held a news conference Tuesday at the Chicago Police Department headquarters.