Beacons of Hope Along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
As many of our patients know, the lighthouse has special meaning to us here at Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center. The lighthouse is part of our logo, and our monthly newsletter that goes out to patients is called The Beacon. What resonated about this exhibit launched by The Chicago Lighthouse was the message of hope and inclusion for people with disabilities, particularly those with visual impairement.
The Chicago Lighthouse, is social service organization which works on behalf of the visually-impaired, physically or emotionally challenged, and military veterans. And their idea behind their Lighthouses on the Mag Mile campaign is to illuminate and celebrate the potential of people with disabilities. Literally, the 51 lighthouses on display serve as beacons of hope, half of which are works of art created by artists living with disabilities such as blindness.
Take Erika Vazzana’s piece, called “Blindfold Brushes.” This interactive piece gives passersbys a chance to experience what it’s like to not see as they try to paint the lighthouse while blindfolded.
Each lighthouse carries a unique message and the story behind the artists make their impact even more felt. What better way to show what is possible when you give people a chance than with the symbolism of lighthouses?
“They are all reaching up in some sort of way, to be a beacon.” — Francisco Ramirez, artist
For more info:
- Lighthouses on the Mag Mile, A Public Art Display Celebrating Access and Inclusion for People with Disabilities, Chicago (June 19-August 11, 2018).
- Gallery of all the Lighthouses along Michigan Avenue.
- For details on the Lighthouse Auction click here.