One Big Thing
The Milwaukee Avenue/Wood Street intersection was redesigned in 2014 by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), in collaboration with WPB SSA #33 and 1st Ward Alderman, Proco “Joe” Moreno. The redesign served two purposes: creating a safer environment for all users at this confluence of traffic, and developing a location specifically for a future public artwork.
WE ARE VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT FUTURE IS NOW HERE!
On Feb. 7, 2017, the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and WPB Special Service Area (SSA) #33 announced six finalists for the largest public art commission in their history: John. E Bannon, Lynn Basa, Nicole Beck, Curt Brill, Paul Kuhn and Chris Boyd Taylor. This new piece of public art had been dubbed ONE BIG THING. Each finalist had created a small model to be publicly displayed at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee, for public comment from February 21 – March 21. There was a Celebration Night on March 3rd at Jackson Junge, congratulating the six finalists.
Selected by a committee of Chicago arts professionals, Lynn Basa's proposal, "Worker Cottage", won the commission to create a permanent installation to be displayed at the highly visible intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Wood Street in the heart of the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhoods.
WPB SSA #33 has a longstanding record of supporting the artistic and cultural communities in Wicker Park Bucktown. Through arts initiatives led by the WPB SSA #33 Arts Committee and the annual Community Grants Program, WPB SSA #33 awards funds to local artists and organizations to enhance quality-of-life, and foster community growth and development within the neighborhood.