May 12, 2003 in Current Events

Life-size bobbleheads latest Chicago street art

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Gotta love the City of Chicago for continuing to try and attract tourist with street art. In 1999 it was cows. In 2001 is was furniture. This year its bobbleheads.

“This summer’s public art project in Chicago features six-foot-tall statues of baseball players with — you guessed it — bobble-heads. The city of Chicago says the giant bobbleheads are in honor of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, which will be played at U-S Cellular Field on July 15th. Starting mid-May, 35 bobbleheads will be scattered around downtown Chicago. They’ll be decorated to represent each major league baseball team. After the All-Star Game, the statues will be auctioned off online for charity.”

Something tells me these bobbleheads won’t have the same kind of charm or economic benefit to the city like the Cows on Parade exhibit. According to CowParade,

“The Cows on Parade exhibition in Chicago attracted an estimated two million tourists and brought approximately $500 million to Chicago’s economy. The exhibit ran from June 14 through October 31, 1999. The end of the exhibit was capped off with an auction of the sculptures on November 9, and raised nearly $3.5 million for local charities.”

Btw, the Cow Parade may be coming to a city near you, check it out.




4 Comments

  1. October 22, 2003 at 10:46 am

    anthony satariano

    Reply

    anyone know where I can try to buy or bid on the life size bobble head baseball players that were on display for the all satr game? I know the auction is over, any ideas on where I can find one or more info?

  2. May 13, 2003 at 8:47 pm

    james_jackson

    Reply

    Orlando decided since the cows were so good to Chicago that they would try lizards here. No joke. Last year we had hundreds of 6 ft. tall lizards all around downtown.
    After that, bobbleheads don’t sound like such a bad idea.

  3. May 13, 2003 at 4:35 pm

    Leigh Hanlon

    Reply

    I know lots of people with swelled heads. Can the public make suggestions as to who’s on display?

  4. May 13, 2003 at 12:21 pm

    brixton

    Reply

    OK, that is just bizarre.

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