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Art Tue Oct 12 2010

The Mystery of the Hanging Boat


Photo courtesy of Noah Vaughn. More photos here.

We need your help solving a mystery. A Gapers Block reader emailed us today about the installation pictured above, which is under the Metra overpass on Ogden near Kinzie.

Does anybody know who the artist is? Email me at if you have any ideas and/or would prefer to remain anonymous.

Happy Artist Month, Chicago.

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mjt / October 13, 2010 9:37 AM

It's been there for several months. There used to be candles or something underneath it. Redmoon HQ is nearby...could it be them?

Rob / October 13, 2010 10:46 AM

When the mystery of the strings on two downtown bridges was posted to GB ( , it took 24 hours for them to be ripped down. This was after they had been up for weeks, unmolested.

I hope the same does not befall the boat.

Fred / October 13, 2010 12:57 PM

I miss those strings.

Kelly Reaves / October 13, 2010 7:42 PM

Rob-- Wow! What a shame. I hope so, too, but the boat has been up for months so I'm assuming the city already knows about it.

Kelly Reaves / October 13, 2010 7:45 PM the way, if it is taken down I say we organize a protest in the form of simultaneous installation bombing all over the city.

Kelly Reaves / October 13, 2010 7:48 PM

...and by "bombing", I mean this:


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