Blue carved wood birds perched in a tree.

500 S Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60644

Location Notes:

In open field North of field house.

Located Within: Columbus (Christopher) Park
Artist: Margot MacMahon
Medium: Carved and painted wood
Year Created: 2016
Year Relocated: 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: Several natural or domestic birds are balanced as they perch and preen on the branches of an ash tree in Hale Park. Painted with purple, yellow and green butterfly patterns, they may trigger our ideas of migration, and wild or tame birdlife. Here they are at rest on various reaching branches. Hopefully they will surprise and delight the park’s neighbors in the way a bird-watcher spots a rare kind of bird.

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Perch - Preen | Artwork

500 S Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60644
United States