Windhover Sculpture Renovation 2021

Windhover,  by  Robert Murray, 1970

(inspired by the poem, The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1877)

In 1974, the Committee for Art (CFA) at Hinsdale Junior High raised over $20,000 to purchase the sculpture and bring it to Hinsdale’s outdoor art scene. It was partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Their goals were:  “To provide a tangible, lasting way of expressing our pride in the past and hope for the future; To create a favorable climate for the reception of all arts; To provide future generations with a distinguished heritage of community art.”

The Windhover was installed on September 14, 1976, in celebration of the nation’s bicentennial and coinciding with construction of the new HMS building. At the installation, Mr. Murray himself declared that he dedicated the Windhover “to honor all D181 students past, present, and future.”
 
Did you know that the Windhover has been officially registered by the Smithsonian? Because of its role in the history of outdoor sculptures, the Smithsonian designated it as a “significant outdoor sculpture,” one of about only 400 sculptures nationwide to hold this honor! Learn more about the Windhover HERE.
 
Now, 45 years later, the sculpture needs restoration. Years of graffiti and peeling paint have brought this significant work of art to a point where it needs complete refinishing. 
 
District 181 and HMS PTO are partnering to contribute a portion of the cost, and the HMS Windhover Committee has agreed to raise $40,000 for restoration and relocation to the South lawn and bus loop. The project will include a professionally treated coating that is durable and weather resistant, fresh landscaping, seating for students, appropriate lighting, and security cameras. All additional funds raised will be put toward future upkeep of the sculpture.
 
Become a part of history by making a donation at any level:
  •  Robert Murray Circle $2500 and above
    • Name recognized at dedication ceremony
    • Name included in Program
    • Yard Sign
    • Name recognized in Thank You ad in the Hinsdalean
    • Personalized walkway brick
    • Name showcased on permanent donor wall
    • Name recognized on HMS PTO website and social media platforms
  • Windhover Champion $1000
    • Name included in Program
    • Yard sign
    • Name recognized in Thank You ad in the Hinsdalean
    • Personalized walkway brick
    • Name showcased on permanent donor wall
    • Name recognized on HMS PTO website and social media platforms
  • Windhover Enthusiast $500
    • Yard sign
    • Name recognized in Thank You ad in the Hinsdalean
    • Personalized walkway brick
    • Name showcased on permanent donor wall
    • Name recognized on HMS PTO website and social media platforms
  • Windhover Admirer $125
    • Yard sign
    • Name recognized in Thank You ad in the Hinsdalean
    • Personalized walkway brick
    • Name recognized on HMS PTO website and social media platforms
  • Windhover Friends $1.00-$124.99
    • Yard sign
    • Name recognized on HMS PTO website and social media platforms
 
Please donate through the form below or send your check donations to:
Hinsdale Middle School PTO
re: Windhover Restoration
100 S. Garfield Ave,
Hinsdale, IL 60521
 
 

Windhover Renovation HMS PTO Donation

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