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52 Weeks of Urban Nature Week 15: Lionizing Edition

March 13, 2016
Art Institute of Chicago, (c) Megan Draheim, 2016

Art Institute of Chicago, (c) Megan Draheim, 2016

Way back in Week Three of this project, I took a photo of what you might call human-made nature (paper snowflakes). I made the point that, by bringing “nature” inside during the holidays (in the form of Christmas trees, holly, and paper snowflakes, among other things), we were expressing a form of biophilia — our innate love of nature.

We also do this in our public art. I was in Chicago for a conference, staying close to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of my all-time favorite museums. When I was young, the lions in front of the museum played heavily in daydreams anytime I went by. The lions are also a living part of Chicago culture — whenever a sports team is doing well and in the playoffs, they sport the helmet or other gear of that team! By doing so, we’re bringing them into our experience of the city, and (I believe) expressing our love of these bronze animals (would it be the same with two pieces of abstract art? Probably not).

So here’s another example of human-made nature! And one of my all-time favorites, at that.

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