The Orange Gnomes started out as a single project but became part of our SSA and neighborhood identity.
The Original Gnome
Our orange gnomes started making mischief throughout the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods' trees and planters in celebration of Arbor Day several years ago. These little guys were placed to heighten awareness and respect for the urban environment. Sponsored by the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area (SSA) #33, the gnomes and tree tags were meant to educate residents about the positive impact of urban trees on the business district and community. Area residents took selfies with our gnomes and even adopted a few who still live their lives out and about around Wicker Park and Bucktown. While these particular gnomes are no longer being made, we've brought in reinforcements in the form of lawn-sign style gnomes to drop fun facts about the neighborhood history and to highlight future locations of public art.
The Wicker Tree
SSA #33 has commissioned the Wicker Tree by local artist Mike Helbing. Installation was completed July 23, 2018 and the sculpture will remain in place for at least 5 years. More information can be found here on our WPB Arts site.
One Big Thing
One Big Thing, announced by our orange gnomes, is another public art initiative funded by SSA #33. After numerous artists were jurried, Worker Cottage Parklet by local artist Lynn Basa, was selected for the project. More information on the project and its timeline can be found here on our WPB Arts page.