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Local Art Project Captures Mayoral Candidates as Wooden Nickels

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 10, 2011 7:00PM

The Chicago Disorder Preservation Society is a group that seeks to commemorate the unique culture of Chicago politics. To that end, they've created a set of wooden nickels honoring those candidates that filed mayoral petitions to commemorate what has become a historic and eventful mayoral election.

The CDPS placed individual photos of each candidate's wooden nickel on the Chicagoist Photos flickr page and, we assume, the flickr pages of a few other media outlets around town. They say on their Facebook page that these slugs are only the first in a series of commemorative coins (calls and e-mails CDPS honcho "Da Boss" have not been returned as of post time). One wonders how they might handle, say, Rahm Emanuel's residency issues, the "consensus Black candidate" saga, Gery Chico's "Rahm Tax" assault, or the flameout of Carol Moseley Braun. But we're interested.

The wooden nickels can be purchased on CDPS' facebook page. CDPS has also set up a vending machine at the convenience store located in the lower lobby of Marina City.