Brightly colored birds made form recycled materials are perched on the branches of a dead tree.

2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Located Within: Lincoln (Abraham) Park
Artist: Sandie Bacon and John Hatlestad
Medium: Paint, fabric, car wash parts
Year Created: 2017
Installed: 2017
Features: Outdoor, Temporary, Sculpture



The Chicago Tree Project (CTP) is a collaborative initiative between the Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International. The CTP is an annual citywide effort to transform sick and dying trees into vibrant public art rather than cutting them down. Using art as a vessel for public engagement, sculptors transform trees into fun and whimsical experiences for the greater Chicago community. Each year, twelve new trees are installed throughout the city. A complete map and more information can be found at

Artist's Statement: Fancy Birds is a collaboration between two artists: sculptor/woodworker John Hatlestad and painter/mixed media artist Sandie Bacon. In keeping with the mission of the Chicago Tree Project to integrate art and nature, they created an imaginary habitat of nesting birds.  The nests and feathers are made of painted carwash brushes, among other found materials, while the wings and tails are canvas from used drop cloths.

Highlighting the diversity of Chicago's natural habitats, the artwork also points to the vulnerability of ecosystems that need to interact in collaboration. The amazing geometric forms of the carwash parts speak to how form and function of machines look to natural forms for inspiration.  The artwork speaks to transformation.  The vibrant colors of the birds contrast with the muted tones of dead and dying trees.

John Hatlestad is known for his inventive repurposing of everyday items juxtaposed with traditional materials in making artistic furniture and sculpture.

Sandie Bacon has a long history of creating environmental artwork/installation, as well as more traditional painting. Both artists show individually on a national level and are included in many corporate collections, including Warren-Newport Library and the Chicago Department of the Environment.

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Fancy Birds | Artwork

2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
United States