Lockport always seems to be coming up with some fun, cool ideas. Now…they are turning to everyone’s favorite bath toy to inspire residents to visit local businesses hit the hardest during the pandemic.
Why ducks?! Well, to keep their businesses afloat, obviously!
Twenty-two Chicagoland artists were handpicked by the curators at Lockport’s Illinois State Museum Campus to decorate three-foot tall fiberglass ducks. These fun masterpieces will sit in front of the businesses and commercial plazas hit hardest by the COVID shutdowns and restrictions of the past year encouraging everyone to stop by and hopefully patronize the business!
Here’s the really, really cool part: this isn’t costing the Lockport taxpayers a penny. The cost of the ducks, the artists, and the accompanying advertising, came from private businesses who were able to operate with minimal disruption this past year and wanted to help their fellow entrepreneurs “stay afloat.”
For example, there will be a parrot-themed duck outside of Paradise Bay Bar, and the duck in sponsored by another Homer Tree Service and painted by local tattoo artist Larry Brogan who runs Tattoo City!
How inspiring to see so many local businesses and organizations rallying together for a super creative idea that brings some art to the community while also supporting local shops who have had a rough go of it. That’s what living in this area is all about!
Additionally, there will be passport-like booklets available for the rest of us of to showcase the unique, small businesses throughout the Lockport. It will have coupons and deals to the included business and a way to stamp your passport after each duck visit.
The ducks will be on display from May 1st through September.
Good work, Lockport!