The Dr. Hill Community Association will hold a formal dedication of the new sculpture recently installed in its gateway garden atNoyes Street
andGreen Bay Road
at on Aug. 6. Three years in the making, the Arts District gateway garden is the product of a fruitful collaboration of the City of Evanston‘s Economic Development Office headed by Morris Robinson, Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes and former Mayor Lorraine Morton, who vigorously supported the group’s efforts to beautify the Arts District.
In 2005, with the help of a grant made through the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program a scrubby triangle of dried grass separating Ashland Avenue and Noyes Street from Green Bay Road was transformed into a beautifully landscaped garden, elevated and shaped by large cut stones. Spearheaded by developer and founding member of the Dr. Hill Group, John Leineweber, the project moved to phase II with a proposal to add a sculpture. Artist Chris Coghlan, who has collaborated with Mr. Leineweber to incorporate decorative architectural elements in his loft spaces, was awarded the commission for his design, entitled “Generations”.
Referring to Dr. Elizabeth Hill, an African-American doctor who served her patients for many years at the Community Hospital and for whom the Arts District is named, Mr Coghlan said, “I see the sculpture relating to Dr. Hill’s contributions, to the way in which one person’s actions help us all and how one person’s journey through life is interconnected with our families and our communities and generations to come.”
Following the dedication there will be a reception in the courtyard of the Lighthouse Lofts at1607 Simpson St.
and, capping off the evening’s events in the Arts District, is the City’s starlight concert in Twiggs Park at Simpson and Bridge Streets featuring Evanston‘s own Ezra Furman and the Harpoons.