As stated in
the home page of this website - the sculpture of the mermaid, re-discovered on
the shore of Lake Michigan at 39th Street in December of 2000, was removed from
its original location to storage under the care of the Chicago Park District.
According to the latest information received by this website this sculpture
was to have been placed as part of a retaining wall somewhere along the Lake
The purpose of this page is to insure that, should the
sculpture finally find its permanent resting place, proper credit for its
existance be given to those who participated in its creation.
controversy having arisen from this occurrence should be set aside by those of
us who were and are involved, and instead look forward to the dedication of this
sculpture, should that indeed happen.
Following is an informative list of
the four participants involved in the creation of the sculpture.
Jose Moreno----Creator of the sculpture.
Resident of Michoacan,
Established and renown throughout his Country for his work as a
Jose is affiliated with art galleries in the Chicago area where
much of his
work has been exhibited and sold.
At present (July 2004) he
is in the process of establishing permanent residence in the City of Chicago.
Roman Villarreal--Sculptor and co-creator of the mermaid.
Resident of Chicago.
In past years has established himself as a solid
and exceptional Sculptor
in Chicago and the Mid-west.
Roman has worked
and taught art and sculpture during the summer months for
"Block 37" Program and has exhibited and sold his work at
galleries and art
Exhibits in the Chicago area.
Edfu Kin-ginga---Maker of African
Resident of Chicago.
Has exhibited and sold his work at art
shows throughout the Chicago area.
Edfu assisted in sculpting the Mermaid by
Alfred Arroyo-Artist in oils on canvas, specializing in
portraits and landscapes.
Long time resident of Chicago, now living in
Past organizer of art exhibits, and former President and
co-founder of the
Chicago Urban Arts Group.
Alfred (better known as just
Fred) assisted in the sculpture of the Mermaid