Light Projection Exhibit Commemorates 2011 Conservatory Hail Storm Damage



Projected light on the dome of the Garfield Park Conservatory reflects the shapes of 65,000 shattered panes of glass from the hailstorm of June 30, 2011. The light installation exhibit by artist and graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago Annette Elliot creates a transient memorial to the catastrophic events of last year. 
Exterior of Garfield Park Conservatory Children’s Garden (southwest corner of facility)
300 N. Central Park Ave.
June 30, 2012 through July 7, 2012 from sunset to sunrise.
On June 30, 2011, a hailstorm ravaged the century-old Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago’s West Side. Shards of glass from the latticed domes rained down on the conservatory’s rare species of plant life living in its showrooms and production houses. The destruction left the flora exposed to the elements and began a race to clean-up the billions of glass shards before the onset of winter. The Conservatory still continues the rebuilding process today. To donate to the “One Pane at a Time” fundraising campaign and help rebuild Garfield Park Conservatory, go to or call 773.638.1766.  

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