WBEZ | Lakeview sculpture goat giraffe Kearney http://www.wbez.org/tags/lakeview-sculpture-goat-giraffe-kearney Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Missing Chicago sculptures could come home http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/missing-chicago-sculptures-could-come-home-104485 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/giraffepic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There&rsquo;s a chance that three beloved sculptures removed from Chicago&rsquo;s Lakeview neighborhood last November could come back.</p><p>The shiny steel giraffes and nanny goat, which are the work of Chicago sculptor John Kearney, had been neighborhood staples for more than 30 years.</p><p>The owner of the sculptures, Milton Zale of Zale Management Company, had them removed when he sold the property. He says the new owners, a group of investors including Chicago Apartment Finders, had liability concerns.</p><p>The sudden disappearance of the pieces saddened many nearby residents, including Heather Fowler and her two-year-old son.</p><p>&ldquo;He always looks for them, and he always asks where they are,&rdquo; Fowler said. &ldquo;For a while I told him they were sleeping, and now I just say they&rsquo;re gone.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Fowler was happy to hear the works might come home.</p><p>The owner, Zale, says he&rsquo;s having the pieces refurbished and appraised. The process won&rsquo;t be complete until late January or early February.</p><p>He says he&rsquo;ll sell them to anyone willing to return them to their original location, including Chicago Apartment Finders.&nbsp;Otherwise, Zale says he&rsquo;ll probably have the sculptures placed in a museum.</p><p>Justin Elliott, the founder of Chicago Apartment Finders, said investors are waiting to hear the appraisal results. If the price is &quot;reasonable,&quot; he said, they&#39;ll work with community groups to try to buy the sculptures back. If not, he said they hope to find artists to install new work at the Lakeview site.</p><p>Erin Duffy is director of community outreach for Ald. Tunney&rsquo;s office in the 44th Ward. She says the alderman&rsquo;s office still gets calls and emails from residents for updates on the missing giraffes and goat.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of residents are interested in bringing them back since they are such an iconic part of Lakeview,&rdquo; Duffy said. &ldquo;Unfortunately, there&rsquo;s nothing we can really do until Milton Zale hears back about the finished refurbishment and how much the sculptures are being appraised for.&rdquo;</p><p>Duffy says the alderman&rsquo;s office plans to follow up with Zale and keep residents informed of any updates.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/missing-chicago-sculptures-could-come-home-104485