Snowflakes are natural, wonderful works of art. Their complex designs (Scientists say that no two snowflakes are alike.) show the myriad forms that solid water can produce. This winter, snowflakes have fallen several times, but some snowflakes remain suspended in Chicago’s air.
The artificial snowflakes that City of Chicago workers hung upon light poles for the Christmas, 2012, holiday season are still there, unmelted, as of March 2, 2013. On Chicago’s south side on Stony Island Avenue and on East 79th Street, pedestrians and drivers can see these decorations if they look skyward. (I assume that wherever, City of Chicago workers hung these decorations that they are still there.) Below these snowflakes are green, artificial wreaths that appear to climb the light poles like large, climbing ivy.
These artificial snowflakes do not have the intricate designs that natural snowflakes have, and their continued suspension on light poles may be because the City of Chicago lacks the manpower or funds to pay workers to remove them. (Snow accumulation in the past two-three weeks was moderately heavy, and snow removal certainly has priority over removing holiday decorations.) These remaining, Christmas decorations may cause some Chicagoans to re-celebrate Christmas in March, and appreciate the natural art that these snowflakes symbolize.