Sculpture re-raising in Oak Park

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The 200/300 Forest Block Party conducted a "Sculpture Raising" to put back in place the one ton sculpture called Pod of Sun Seeds by Don Lawler that had been knocked over by vandals.

Submitted by Dan Burke

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Maria Pappas  

Posted: July 3rd, 2012 8:28 PM

@ hmm they pay around 20 - 45k in taxes, per household. Do the math

Don Lawler from Stephensport KY  

Posted: July 3rd, 2012 4:36 PM

Compositionally, it was like the photo of the flag raising - and there, the similarity ends. It was a huge effort for these guys to raise a 3,000 lb. stone sculpture by hand. It's amazing!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 11:05 PM

Don Lawler from Stephensport KY, I'm sure you don't me exactly like Iwo Jima. If you do, read any book on the experience the Marine's, had to go through to raise the American Flag.

Don Lawler from Stephensport KY  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 7:17 PM

Like Iwo Jima! That's really, really cool! I was so upset when I got the news that my sculpture had been knocked over by vandals - a real kick in the teeth. But, this is a lifetime memory. I'll never forget this. Thank you all, very much.


Posted: June 26th, 2012 9:20 PM

These cats are the real taxpayers of Oak Park. I would love to know what their collective tax bills are?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 26th, 2012 12:45 PM


Resembling that Remark from Oak Park   

Posted: June 26th, 2012 9:49 AM

Yes, John, but what would we Oak Parkers do without our meaningful discussions, commissions and meetings? It is our favorite pastime!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 26th, 2012 12:13 AM

There is a message here, a serious message. Community service is about action, dirt on the hands, and sweat on the forehead. It is more important than committees, forums, and meaningful discussions.

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 5:08 PM

Great story. Maybe the next work of public art could be a sculpture of the guys lifting up the sculpure (ala another famous sculpure in Arlington Cemetery)!

Ken Pagni from Oak Park  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 4:58 PM

Bruce Springsteen wrote a powerful tribute to these men of Forest Ave and the historic day they seized


Posted: June 25th, 2012 4:41 PM

The vandals were "called Pod of Sun Seeds by Don Lawler"? Not being a smart-aleck here; just being instructive. The placement of words is very important if you want to be understood correctly.

Diana Rasche from Oak Park  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 3:30 PM

That's our boys in our 'hood'! Great job all of you buff and strong men. Too bad the youth in our area can think of more constructive things to do with their time! Bravo for the men on our street!

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