Art Exhibit of Peace Pole Bird Houses Finds a Home in La Grange
A flock of 31 bird houses standing six-feet-tall is being installed on the sidewalks of the business district as part of a whimsical outdoor art exhibit called “Tweet Home La Grange.”
The seasonal exhibit, opening to coincide with the La Grange Carnival and Pet Parade, is organized by the La Grange Business Association (LGBA) as a way to draw attention to a lively local art scene and entice visitors and residents to explore the community. Local businesses sponsor the bird houses and secure local artists, both professional and amateur, to paint them for display.
Each bird house sits atop a peace pole, the internationally-recognized symbol that reminds us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony. Designs on the theme range from sophisticated to outlandish, contemporary to traditional with unique titles such as Droppings of Luck, Once Upon a Time, A Peace of Nature, or Purple Rain.
Admirers may bid on a birdhouse throughout the summer via an online auction. You'll find information about bidding on the birdhouses here soon. Ten pieces of art will be selected for live auction from the West End Art Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17. Proceeds will benefit local charities including Pets & Pals, the organizers of the La Grange Pet Parade.
This is the 11th year that the LGBA has organized a public art exhibit through the summer with an array of eclectic objects like elephants, rain barrels, rocking chairs, giant clocks and little free libraries.
The exhibit is produced with support from Douglas Auto Body and the Village of La Grange. The bird houses will be displayed through Labor Day.
To guide visitors through the exhibit and explore La Grange businesses, a walking map will be available at local merchants and posted online soon. You may download a copy of the map here shortly.