Chicago, Illinois: Leaning Wall Werewolves (Gone)

Three werewolves lean casually against a wall in this odd piece of 1990s outdoor art. Their noses were smashed off by a moron with a rock in 2018, then they were bulldozed in May 2019.

South side of downtown. In a little park on the northeast corner of E. 11th St. and Wabash Ave.
Bulldozed in May 2019

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Leaning Wall Werewolves

Two of Chicago's weirder public sculptures, the Creepy Crouching Figure and the Leaning Wall Werewolves, were bulldozed in May 2019 by Columbia College, which owned the artworks' little plot of parkland. According to a report by Chicago's CBS affiliate, Columbia College wants to turn the park into an event space and it blamed the demolition on "some internal miscommunication" and "unintentional internal error."

Ellen Nasvik, who created the cement artworks in 1993, was even-tempered about the destruction, saying that she was happy that people were at least able to enjoy her sculptures as long as they did.

[ Team, 05/20/2019]

Leaping Wall Livonian Werewolves.

Leaping Wall Livonian Werewolves

This werewolf sculpture by Ellen Nesvick is in a little park next to the theater department at Columbia College. The sculpture is based on Baltic folklore in which men turn into werewolves on Christmas, eating everything in sight. They meet at the "leaping wall" in the center of town, and those who are too weak or too soft to land properly are eaten by the others. The studious wolf on the left reads a book and has a raven pal.

[Kathryn Spindler, 06/03/2018]

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