I arrived in Chicago the day AFTER the big snowstorm expecting to see lots of snow and I did. What I didn’t expect and thoroughly enjoyed were the hundred colorful and artistic acrylic HEARTS lined up on both sides of Michigan Avenue.
The Hearts, a project sponsored by Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, is a fundraiser and a wild splash of eye candy for those of us trudging up and down the street, dodging falling ice and huge piles of snow.
The hearts were embellished and decorated by Columbia College students. I love the fact that Chicago gives space on the street for art and for promoting causes. One never knows what will be next. For example, when I was in Chicago in September I enjoyed the Refrigerators on Parade—a program designed to raise awareness of energy efficiency.
I love the hearts. How fun to break up with bleakness of winter with the vibrantly colored sculptures, reminding us all of the importance of healthy hearts and the prevention of heart disease. Here are my favorites.