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CROWN POINT — You don't have to be an angel to earn your wings. Just head over to the Antiques on Main building, 208 S. Main St. The building's wall facing the alley, Hack Court, has them.

They come in adult and children sizes. 

The two sets of angel wings painted on the wall were created over Memorial Day weekend by National Art Honor Society students from Crown Point High School. The public art display is based on the interactive Global Wings Project artist Colette Miller created for the streets of Los Angeles in 2012. They are human-sized angel wings with which people take photos, thus becoming part of the work.

Miller has gone on to paint wings globally, including in Kenya, Australia, Taiwan, France, Cuba and Mexico. Other artists have been creating the wings throughout the world since. 

The local project was spearheaded by City Councilwoman Carol Drasga, who was inspired to do something similar in downtown Crown Point after seeing Miller's wings during a trip to Los Angeles last year. 

"The Crown Point students did an amazing job and have really added additional value to our downtown," she said. "Art is important and interactive art is a great fit with our residents and visitors."

Prior to creating the wings, the students in October requested and received permission from the city's Historic Preservation Committee, which had to approve the project because it is in a historic district. Antiques on Main owner Cindy Walsh also gave her approval for the project. 

One of the art students, Abby Novotny, said she is "completely in love with them."

"It was an awesome thing to be a part of," she said. 

Novotny said an Instagram page has been set up at Visitors who snap a photo with the wings can add the hashtag #cpangelwings to have their photos added to the page. 

Fellow art student Madison Price said the wings came out better than she could have imagined.

"It took so much time and effort from all of us," she said. "Seeing it come together was amazing." 

Crown Point art teacher Lyndsey Harris said about 25 students were involved in the project. She said the art students will continue to be involved during evaluations each year to see if the wings need to be touched up. New wings are likely to be painted on the wall every three to four years. 

Crown Point resident Amanda O'Brien came across the wings while walking with her 4-year-old son Deklen. She has a friend who travels all over Europe whose social media pages have images featuring the wings. O'Brien said she's excited to be able to say the wings are in her city now.  

"This is pretty cool," she said. 

Back when the Drasga was pitching the idea of the angel wings to the city, The Times contacted Miller, who said she was thrilled about it and that the global angel wings project isn't about her. She said the angel wings are for the people and that the project "took flight of its own."


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.