In 2006, Allstate Insurance Company sponsored the Artists and Automobiles exhibit in honor of the company’s 75th anniversary. The Public Art Program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs partnered with the Chicago Park District to organize this show which highlighted the work of five artists. Allstate provided old car parts that the sculptors used to create the artworks.
Today, the installations of three of the artists remain in the Grant Park. These are the works of artists Dessa Kirk, John Mason and Lucy Slivinski. Dessa Kirk’s enormous Red Lilies are made of doors, hoods, trunks and roofs from several Cadillacs. John Mason’s Arise 2 presents a somewhat more abstract version of a large flower. Lucy Slivinski’s Hedgerow is a garden feature composed of entwined mufflers, tailpipes, and headlights.