Figures carved into the top of four tree shafts grouped together.

N Simonds Dr
Chicago, IL 60640

Location Notes:

North Simonds Drive South of Foster Beach

Located Within: Foster Beach
Artist: Kara James
Medium: Carved wood
Year Created: 2014
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: Lead with the Heart was created with heart-heads and hands clasped in earnest, as a stealth marketing campaign to promote love and gratitude as a priority and solution. 

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Lead with the Heart | Artwork

N Simonds Dr
Chicago, IL 60640
United States