Lighthouse Art Installation Comes To Chicago To Bring Awareness To People With Disabilities

Steve Miller
June 19, 2018 - 2:32 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- From now through Aug. 11, 51 lighthouses are on display on Michigan Avenue: a project of the Chicago Lighthouse to draw attention to the needs of people with disabilities.

Many of the artists who have made artwork out of 6-foot lighthouses have disabilities.

Hamza Muhammad, 28, who also goes by the name In-Zo, said he has anxiety disorder and ADHD.

"Everybody has their own form of disability.  But I just use it in my own certain way as a superpower," he said.

Muhammad's lighthouse, like 50 others, are part of this summer's public art display: "Lighthouses on the Mag Mile" - coordinated by the Chicago Lighthouse, which serves the blind and visually impaired.

Muhammad is the great grandson of Nation of Islam Leader Elijah Muhammad.

"It's all about being of service to the people.  My family is - on both sides," he said.

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Muhammad's art installation is in front of the Blackhawks store - and it has a Blackhawks theme.  The title is "Lift Us."

"Lift us in this time of need.  Lift us within our nation.  Lift us in celebration.  Lift us to get this Stanley Cup," Muhammad said.

Self-guided tours of the lighthouses which includes the artists speaking about their access and inclusion concept will be available by downloading OTOCAST App.  This exhibit is accessible for those who are blind using the AWARE App.Both apps are available for free at the App Store or Google Play. 

After the display ends on Aug. 11, sponsors will have an opportunity to purchase the lighthouses.  They will also be bid on an online auction.  Proceeds from the sales will support the 39 Lighthouse programs serving people who are blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veterans.

For more information, you can visit the Lighthouses on the Mag Mile website. You can also share photos using the hashtag, #MagMileLighthouses. Those who use the hashtag ou will be automatically entered into a contest for a free prize.