Designed by Chicago artist Lorado Taft, the nearly 50-foot Blackhawk statue stands tall on a bluff at Lowden State Park in Oregon, Illinois. Taft dedicated the statue as “The Eternal Indian” in 1911 as a tribute to Native American tribes that lived in the area. The statue is composed of a structural concrete core with an architectural exposed concrete exterior. Over 100 years of exposure to harsh winters have deteriorated the concrete surface, resulting in extensive cracking and spalling.
After some delay in starting the restoration, the project commenced this fall and we’re working to complete the restoration by the end of 2019. I am honored to help restore this important part of the community along with my Simpson Gumpertz & Heger colleagues Peter Babaian and Cara Fleming. I was recently interviewed by ABC 7 Chicago to discuss the progress of the project and our process for restoration.