The Illinois Office of Tourism's art installation celebrating its "Amazing for All" LGBTQ and diversity initiative was unveiled on the first day of Northalsted Market Days on Aug. 11, just south of the Addison gate in Boystown.
The six-foot-by-23-foot #AmazingForAll wooden sculpture was designed and created by Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman to celebrate and welcome the LGBTQ community from around the world to Chicago and Illinois.
"The #AmazingforAll sculpture is a visual representation of our commitment to continue to make Illinois a welcoming and inclusive place to visit and explore," said Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, in a press release. "As America's first recognized gay village, Boystown is the perfect location to unveil this incredible piece of artwork that champions diversity."
The Amazing for All campaign was launched by Illinois Office of Tourism in March 2018 to celebrate the diverse people and places that make Illinois an amazing place to visit.
Hoffman is the artist and designer behind "You Are Beautiful," a project that aims to better the world in little ways. His uplifting public pieces have been exhibited around the world.
The installation was removed after Market Days, and will be reinstalled at a permanent location in Boystown on the southeast corner of Halsted Street and Addison Avenue later this year.