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Tomorrow night, Chicago’s Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is celebrating its very first artist in residence.

Lonnie Holley is an Alabama native whose art began out of necessity when his sister’s two children died in a tragic fire.

Unable to afford tombstones for their burial, Holley crafted them from sandstone.

Since then, Holley has become famous for turning found and recycled objects into gorgeous sculptures and paintings.

For the past two weeks, Holley has been feverishly working to transform the Intuit gallery into an installation that shows the beauty inherent in our refuse.

Just a few days ago, a group of Chicago schoolkids brought their own discarded materials to add to the installation.

Eight Forty-Eight was there as Holley taught the children to sculpt their recycled objects into one large ship’s anchor.

Intuit will host a celebration for Lonnie Holley’s installation, including the children’s anchor, this Friday at 5 p.m.

It will stay at the center at Milwaukee and Ogden in Chicago through September 1.

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