Friday, November 09, 2007

Abbott Donates Sculpture to Lake County Forest Preserves for Permanent Display

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — To help raise environmental awareness in Lake County, Abbott has donated a "Cool Globes" sculpture from a recent outdoor public art exhibit to the Lake County Forest Preserves (LCFP) as a permanent display at the organization's Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.

The Cool Globes program, which Abbott sponsored, featured sculpted globes, each five feet in diameter, on which artists from around the world applied their designs to present messages and images on environmental issues like climate change solutions. After the exhibit ended, the artworks were sold in a public auction to raise money for environmental education.

The Cool Globe Abbott acquired and donated to LCFP, "Nature Nurture: Raise Future Environmentalists," was created by Chicago artist Nancy Pochis Bank. The artist's piece presents how the earth's future stewardship depends on children connecting with nature. Bank used whitewashed, "blank slate" children covered in patterns of nature icons with silhouetted moms and dads positioned over their shoulders to illustrate them overseeing their children's interactions with the natural world.

"Abbott's support of the Lake County Forest Preserves and the Cool Globes art exhibit is part of our commitment to environmental sustainability," said John C. Landgraf, senior vice president, Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Supply, Abbott. "Families across the north suburbs enjoy the Lake County Forest Preserves, and we believe the family-focused message conveyed in the Cool Globe'we're donating will inspire visitors to be part of the solution of protecting the environment for future generations."

The Lake County Forest Preserves manage over 25,500 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy over 125 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River, award-winning nature and history education programs and events, and four public golf courses.

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. With global headquarters in north suburban Chicago, Abbott is the largest non-government employer in Lake County, Ill.

This donation will make a nice addition to the Lake County Forest Preserves, especially because it promotes environmental protection awareness, which is critical.

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