Friday, March 15, 2013

Buddha Installation @ Triangle Park

Buddha keeps watch over North of Howard

                 Through an anonymous tip to Chevanston it was learned that two Buddhas were to be installed yesterday in Rogers Park. One at Triangle Park north of Howard and the other at Charmers Cafe. The installation at Triangle Park took place yesterday at approximately 12:30 - 1:00 pm. Written below is what the sign adjacent to the Buddha says word for word

Ten Thousand Ripples
Spreading Peace Through Chicago's Neighborhoods

"The emerging Buddha sculptures by artist India Freitas Johnson represents for her a symbol of peace and self realization. Placed in unexpected public spaces the sculptures becomes a global symbol of peace and an individual invitation to reflect on the possibility of finding peace in the our lives and in our communities.The Buddha image serves as a visual platform for the Ten Thousand Ripples (TTR) project, a collaborative public and civic engagement initiative created in partnership with ten diverse neighborhoods, dozens of community partners and artists throughout the Chicago area. The Rogers Park neighborhood is one of the hosts of this initiative. Throughout the winter and spring months we will be engaging community residents in artistic creations that address their personal meaning of PEACE. The TTR image is just one of many peace symbols (like a white dove or an olive branch) that is born out of a global venture of faith traditions. This image is based on the historical figure of Buddha whose teachings are followed by millions of people around the world. For more information on these installations and schedule of related events please visit"

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Bill Morton said...

Charmers Cafe closing:

Blair Wentworth-McCormick said...

Yes, it's been common knowledge for a while. Thanks for reconfirming it.

Helen said...

Anonymous tip, Jeff? Did I ask to remain anonymous? I even invited you to attend. Wish you could have.

Philip McGregor Rogers said...

Yes I would've been there if I could have. Thanks for the tip Helen.

mcl said...

This location is the "Butterfly Garden" in Triangle's a little history:

Helen said...

This, I think, is the first time I've seen a photo of one of the Buddha's taken from the back of the head. At first, I thought it was strange. But with your caption of "Buddha keeps watch over North of Howard" it's perfect. That's really why I chose this site for it. Yes, Jeff, that's why I knew the installation would be Thursday. This is "my" Buddha. I spent part of Wednesday afternoon clearing trash out of the garden. You should appreciate that.

mcl said...

More on Triangle Park...From the archives….

"Triangle Park is a 2.5 acre park located at 7700 N. Hermitage. It was a community built and managed park, the first and only in Chicago, built in 1985 under Urban Renewal restrictions. It is a passive park with no sports or play structures on it. The community considers it a nature park, with an ecological focus and used for picnics, impromptu sports and community events. In 2000 it was transferred to the Chicago Park District as Park #518."