Naperville Sun: Naperville artist at work rehabilitating fallen horse

10/21/2014 — Diana Leviton Gondek’s horse soon will ride again.


The Naperville painter is among the local artists whose work comprises the Horses of Honor. The public art installation benefits the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation through creatively inspired tributes to officers who have died or become disabled in the line of duty since 1853.

The exhibit includes about 60 life-sized horse statues, each painted to honor a specific officer. The horses will remain on display through the city’s Nov. 22 Festival of Lights before being sold via auction. The proceeds will benefit the foundation’s work in supporting loved ones left behind by the fallen officers.

Leviton Gondek, 54, was stunned when she awakened Oct. 13 to learn her horse had fallen, just two days after it was put in place outside the Wrigley Building on the bustling Magnificent Mile.

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