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Exhibit to explore future potential of Gary's Union Station

The urban preservation group Decay Devils cleaned up and restored Gary's historic Union Station. 

The Decay Devils art collective and preservationist group cleaned up and restored Gary's historic but long-abandoned Union Station earlier this year.

They hauled off junk, cleared brush, sealed off the crumbling structure, installed a viewing station where visitors don't need to worry about the roof collapsing on them, painted murals and put in park benches. The idea was to create a more parklike environment to encourage people to come out and appreciate the architecture and art from local graffiti artists.

Now the Decay Devils are looking at the next phase and want some community input.

The upcoming "commUNITY Station" exhibit at Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts will look at the building's future potential decades after the last train left the station.

"Join us as we explore the possible transformations of the Union Station through the eyes of UIUC graduate students," the Decay Devils said in an event announcement. "There will be prints, 3D models, and video walk-throughs of the transformed space on display. Engage in conversation, share your placemaking ideas, and help us define Phase 2 of the Union Station!"

The exhibit will run from Jan. 12 to Feb. 4 at the art gallery, 540 S. Lake St. in Gary's Miller neighborhood.

An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12.

For more information, call (773) 822-8086 or visit www.millerbeacharts.org.

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