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Park Board OKs selfie wall at Dogwood restroom

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The Chesterton Branding Leadership Team’s Art & Beautification Committee (ABC) has been in discussion for some months now with the Park Board about giving the new restroom facility at Dogwood Park an artistic treatment. The first fruit of that conversation: a “selfie wall” to be installed at the facility’s entrance, facing 23rd Street.

At the Park Board’s meeting Tuesday night, ABC Chair Wendy Marciniak unveiled a pair of original 6’ x 4’ works entitled Play to Grow and painted by Brian Dortmund of ArtSmith Studios, 325-1 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton, which will be mounted between the doors to the men’s and women’s restrooms.

Both are colorful, whimsical garden scenes featuring anthropomorphized flowers, one for kids to shoot selfies in front of, the other for adults and older children.

The two works will both be painted onto panels--a substrate typically used beneath tiling--then slid into a powder-coated steel frame which will be bolted to the restroom wall, Marciniak said. The fixture will allow the paintings to be removed and replaced with new ones in the future, she added.

Mark Hopkins, owner of Hopkins ACE Hardware, will be donating all materials, Marciniak noted.

Members liked the project and voted unanimously to proceed.


Posted 6/7/2018




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