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Batavia Depot Museum

Batavia railroad history comes alive in the Depot Museum.  Three railroad lines served Batavia's freight and passenger service until the mid-1900’s when the automobile became the transportation of choice. These are the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (est. 1850), the Chicago & North Western Railroad (est. 1872) and the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Electric Line (est. 1902).  The museum displays many railroad artifacts, photos and ticket agent office. A detailed section on the telegraph system and it’s role in railroad history includes...

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Batavia Riverwalk The Batavia Riverwalk is a short pathway on a small peninsula on the west side of the Fox River.

I like places that are visually appealing in first impressions, but as one digs deeper, there are layers of history and cultural heritage to be peeled and uncovered. Batavia Riverwalk is one such place! The Riverwalk is a beautifully landscaped gateawy. But it has is so much more to offer.  The rich history of Batavia - once the windmill capital of the world -  is inextricably woven into the Riverwalk.  Batavia's railroad history comes...

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Batavia: Cormorants and their preferred perch

An ant infested dead tree is gathering a lot of attention in Batavia. The tree is being used by cormorants to perch and catch fish from the Fox River.

Recently the city of Batavia undertook redevelopment project, and demolished many buildings and cleared the dead tress and bushes on the east bank of Fox River to promote business in the area. The open space now provides a spectacular view of Batavia Riverwalk.

But in the cleaning effort, one dead tree was left...

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Spintronic by Nicole Beck

Location: Dionovan Bridge

Installed: July 7, 2017.

Stainless Steel and Dichroic Glass / Dimension: 10' x 3' / Completed: 2015.

When the Donovan Street Bridge project was completed in 2007, the design included four piers, each with a location designated for four works of art corresponding to the categories: Nature, History, Science and Art.

Friday, July 7, 2017 was the installation of "Spintronic" by Nicole Beck, which represents Art.

It was the third sculpture installed...

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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Date: June 6 - to September 24, 2017.

Curated by the MCA’s James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling.

The exhibition is a major retrospective of Takashi Murakami paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works—many of which are being shown in North America for the first time to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings.

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