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Ronald McDonald House Chicago Donor Wall: Cat Bird Door

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune–without the words,

And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

– Emily Dickinson

80 unique doors will be showcased on two gallery walls in the main public area of the Ronald McDonald House being built in the heart of downtown Chicago near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. The doors are meant to symbolize the philosophy that ” The doors of Ronald McDonald House are always open for you.”  To learn more click on the following links:

Materials used: 


  • Sewing
  • laser engraving / cutting
  • Embroidery (donor names on inside of door panel)
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Chris - February 17, 2012 - 8:26 am

I like you analogy. For me, the RMH Chicago – “Doors of Hope” project is totally about playing with new materials and processes. Exploring new ways to make art and, in the end, my hope is that I become more diverse in what I can do creatively. I am always trying new things, and I am happy that through it all, people like you still recognize enough similarity in the work. There is a total of 80 miniature doors being made for this project. I will be posting a new door every few days until the end. So stay tuned, check back and see what comes next.

Jenni Bayless - February 16, 2012 - 5:21 pm

So, I just realized you’re the same artist that created the mirrored birds hanging from the ceiling at CMH! Wow. I am reminded of the Crossfit Games that my husband and I watched on New Year’s Day. These competitors train to be the most fit athlete ever–not just the best runner or lifter or climber etc. Your work certainly displays diverse talent ready for any challenge!

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