Art Institute of Chicago’s iconic lions are taking a short leave from their Michigan Avenue watch
One of Chicago’s most beloved attractions the iconic Art Institute lions will be removed for restoration.
Weighing in at over two tons each, the Instagramable felines deinstallation is expected to be a big deal. But a spokesperson for the Art Institute of Chicago promises they will be safe and return soon looking better than ever.
Just like other artworks in the Art Institute’s collection, these bronze sculptures made by Edward Kemeys require expert care to preserve them for generations to come.
Both lions will be removed from their plinths by a crane on the morning of June 14, placed on a truck, and taken off-site to undergo treatment with one of the AIC’s longtime conservation partners. Treatment will include a thorough steam cleaning and the application of protective wax coating.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 14 Deinstallation is scheduled to begin at 9:00
WHERE: THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Front steps, Michigan Avenue entrance
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