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Posted on: August 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] New sculpture unveiled in MLK Drive roundabout


Installation of the new sculpture at the center of the S. MLK Drive roundabout is complete! "The Tower of Us/We Rise" by Maxwell Emcays was unveiled this afternoon at a community event.  

This illuminated 30-foot sculpture depicts individuals standing on each other's shoulders forming a tower, representing how community support can help with overcoming adversity. The piece was selected by the City Council earlier this year after a public engagement effort with south side residents from the Public Arts Commission. 

Emcays, a Chicago-based artist, spoke at the unveiling along with City officials. The sculpture will be lit up at night, with the lights turning starting Friday night. 

This roundabout and sculpture is a gateway to the MLK Drive corridor and is the start of more exciting things on the way for the south side neighborhood!

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