One Big Thing: Lynn Basa's "Worker Cottage Parklet"
Special Service Area #33
Worker Cottage Parklet
by Lynn Basa
Lynn Basa's sculpture, the Worker Cottage Parklet, is the culmination of SSA #33's One Big Thing public artwork commission. The SSA funded artwork pays homage to the legacy of the workers cottages situated throughout the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. These structures highlight a unique and notable cultural, labor, and architectural heritage of working class Chicago. Worker Cottage Parklet exists as an interactive and engaging public work that fosters activation and function of various forms.
Basa's Worker Cottage is constructed from bricks made of dichroic and architectural safety glass and incorporates Joliet limestone lintels as benches and cobblestones recycled from the water main replacement on Milwaukee Avenue.
"Using the workers cottage as a motif, I propose to honor this continuing legacy with an art parklet that offers respite for the people who pass by the corner of Milwaukee and Wood every day on their way to live, work, eat, play as others have done for decades before and will continue to do for decades in the future...Anchored by a functional sculpture, the parklet employs multiple principles of place-making and Complete Streets by creating a space for social gathering...and an opportunity for art installations and performances by other artists throughout the year." - Lynn Basa (artist)
Chicago Sun-Times: 'Worker Cottage Parklet' art installation honors Chicago's working class history
Chicago Tribune: What is that new glowing sculpture in Wicker Park? It's a nod to the worker cottage
Block Club Chicago: City's Disappearing Workers Cottages Honored In Sculpture Coming To Wicker Park
Curbed Chicago: The Chicago style workers cottage gets spotlight in new art installation
West Side Patch: Largest Public Art Commission In Wicker Park Bucktown History
Worker Cottage Parklet sits on the northeast corner of Milwuakee Avenue and Wolcott Avenue/Wood Street. The installation shall remain for 5 years with potential for an extension contingent on public reception, visual success, and costs accrued through maintenance and sustained public use.