The Chicago Park District revealed Sunday, July 20 “The Watch” by local artist Hebru Brantley had been vandalized. Many of the figures are cracked and large chunks are missing from others. The once-erected collection featuring 13 brightly colored sculptures were inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen and featured his signature Fly Boys and Girls. The statues were installed north of the Field Museum along Lake Shore Drive, back in May. While only seven of the 13 sculptures were damaged, all 13 of the sculptures were removed by the Chicago Park District as a precaution. There are plans to reinstall the sculptures, but there isn’t a definitive timeline as to when they will be reinstalled as the repairs may take two to three weeks.
Last week on our show, we talked with the 33-year-old artist on his art and his exhibition “Parade Day Rain” at the Cultural Center. He also explained his inspiration for "The Watch" and the reason behind the installation's move from Pioneer's Court on Michigan Avenue. Revisit our conversation with Brantley on "The Watch" below.