"Niles Embraces Arts & Culture with the New Mini Leaning Tower Public Art Program"
(From the fall 2021 Focus On Niles newsletter)
From one leaning tower to 20, the Village of Niles is literally “leaning in” to a brand new public art experience. All around the Village, discover 20 mini Leaning Tower replicas. Each of the seven-foot-tall fiberglass sculptures will have its own custom design by a local artist — and a local business sponsor. The mini Towers pay tribute to the Leaning Tower of Niles, itself a half-size replica of the original in Pisa, Italy. With 17th-century bells ringing on the hour, the 94-foot-high Niles version has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
Guided by the Village’s Arts & Culture Master Plan, Niles is a growing hub for muralists, painters, sculptors and musicians to express themselves and make their mark. The 20 mini Leaning Towers are symbols of Niles’ pride, creativity and culture. You can learn about the artists and sponsors and find a map of all 20 locations on the Village’s website www.vniles.com. This program is hosted by the Village’s Public Arts & Culture Advisory Council and the Niles Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Explore Niles to find all 20 mini Towers and be sure to visit 6300 W. Touhy for Niles’ own renowned landmark.