Lightning strikes and high winds may have taken three trees from Prospect Park last year, but it left enough of one of those trees to add some art to the park.
“There were two willow trees that were rotten, and we couldn’t do anything with them, but we decided to look into doing something with what was left of the cottonwood tree that was hit,” said Don Scheltens, Executive Director of the Clarendon Hills Park District.
With the work of Eric Widitz of Art in Trees, the cottonwood stump now depicts a young baseball player and his little sister sporting a fishing pole.
“We wanted to center it on that because it’s right there, near the Little League field,” said John Steeves of the Clarendon Hills Park Foundation. “We also wanted the sculpture to bring in the rest of the park, and we liked that idea of a Little League player and his little sister.” Chicago Tribune
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