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 www.chicagotreeproject.org
Artist's Statement: Old Irving Park resident JR Cadawas was born in the Philippines among a community of woodcarvers and is the recipient of over 250 international awards for his work and his craft. He made his sculpture with chainsaws and Swiss hand chisels from an oak tree that was no longer living. Using his own dogs as inspiration, the artist created a landscape that is reflective of the park and the joy that is found by those who enter.