Today is the 5-year anniversary of the Harold Washington Library Center opening for "Above and Beyond." The memorial work consists of 58,307 dog tags, each representing a person killed in action during the Vietnam War; an additional black tag reminds viewers of those who died from conditions related to their Vietnam War service.
The work had been installed at our previous location, but when we moved to Portage Park it went into storage. We are delighted to display it at the library, where it is viewed by approximately 50,000 annually.
"Above and Beyond" was created by artist Rick Steinbock and veteran artists Ned Broderick, Joe Fornelli and Mike Helbing. The work was commissioned by NVAM and is part of our permanent collection. Please check library hours for viewing at 400 S State St, Chicago.
An art exhibit created by Vietnam War veterans was unveiled today at the Harold Washington Library, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.