(Above) 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly with the artwork in early September. Images obtained from River North Residents Association.
21-Sep-17 The large glass tile artwork that has been part of Ward Park since 1998 has been restored.
Rora is a mosaic by artist Ginny Sykes, commissioned in 1998 when Erie Terrace was constructed at the end of Erie Street.
The work depicts the Chicago River and its surrounding urban landscape. It won an award in 1999 from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. But soon after it was completed, cracks appeared and despite numerous repairs, the mosaic had to be removed in 2011.
It was restored and re-mounted so that it hangs like a painting but is still secured to the west side of the terrace.
(Below) The artwork before and after restoration.