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UPDATE [4/12/24]: De-installation rescheduled for April 18. 

De-installation of the temporary sculpture to begin April 10 & 11

The Daniel Popper’s Heartwood sculpture, mounted in March 2023, will be de-installed from the Museum Campus at the end of its temporary run in Chicago.  The de-installation will occur on April 10 and April 11, weather dependent at the Museum Campus, near the Judd Goldman Community Sailing Center south of Solidarity Drive.

The Heartwood’s inner ‘brain’ profile depicts both annular rings, evident on trees and a fingerprint, depicting the impact of integral relationship to humankind. The sculpture was part of the Morton Arboretum’s Human+Nature exhibition that debuted for the first time in May 2021 and ran through February 2023.

Daniel Popper is a multidisciplinary, South African artist known globally for his larger-than-life sculptures. Through his art, Popper encourages viewers to consider their own relationship with nature and to recognize the essential connection between all living things.

Heartwood is located near the Judd Goldman Community Sailing Center south of Solidarity Drive. A public dedication event celebrating this installation was held with Daniel Popper at the site on March 23rd, 2023.

Chicago's parks offer an outstanding collection of public art, including nearly 300 fountains, monuments, and sculptures, located across the city. This public collection is further strengthened by the Park District's Temporary Public Art Installation program, which has brought over 200 unique sculptures that bring awareness to thought-provoking works of public art.

For more information about the public art installations at the Park District, click here