Illinois Office of Tourism’s larger-than-life art installation is celebrating their “Amazing for All” LGBTQ and diversity initiative during Northalsted Market Days. The 6-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. During Market Days weekend, you can take photos and interact with the temporary installation.
The event will also include a postcard station where attendees can write post cards to friends and family and encourage them to visit Illinois and experience the state’s inclusivity firsthand. 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 beloved 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.
Matthew Hoffman whose public works have been exhibited internationally. His ideas and work have been included in Good, the New York Times Magazine, and Ready Made. He has been published in books by Gestalten, Droog, and Taschen, and was featured in a segment on the Oprah network. Matthew has created large scale public installations for the City of Chicago, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Albright Knox Gallery, as well as companies like Apple, Facebook, Zappos, & Cards Against Humanity. There are close to 30 outdoor installations currently up in the Chicagoland area. Matthew is the Custodian of You Are Beautiful, a project to better the world in little ways. The message has reached every corner of the globe, with over 4 million stickers shared by the community.