First Responders Day in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies. R Hero by artists Karen and Tony Barone

First Responders Day in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies. R Hero by artists Karen and Tony Barone
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First Responders Day. Dalmatian Puppy Sculpture Titled “R. Hero” will be Donated by Bunni and Rick Benaron to Kohl Children’s Museum in Honor of Glenview’s First Responders.

First Responders Day in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies. R Hero by artists Karen and Tony Barone

R. Hero at Seattle Children Hospital

GLENVIEW, IL – Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago (2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview IL) will celebrate First Responders’ Day by unveiling a new sculpture entitled “R. HERO” on September 26, 2014. The 6’- 2” brightly colored, metal Dalmatian puppy sculpture with signature Dalmatian spots and a silver collar joins the Museum as part of the “R. HERO” project. Created by the husband-and-wife artistic team of Karen and Tony Barone in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies, “R. HERO” honors all of the nation’s First Responder heroes. The Barone’s public art sculptures are located at fire and police stations, children’s hospitals and children’s museums and USO Centers to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices of the nation’s heroic First Responders.

“In partnering with Karen and Tony Barone, we have found a great way to educate children about real-life heroes through public art,” said Bunni and Rick Benaron, the donors of the “R. Hero” sculpture. “We believe ‘R. HERO’ will inspire children to take the first step in understanding the concepts of bravery, sacrifice, compassion and friendship. With help in providing a home for the ‘R. HERO’ sculpture, we will begin to accomplish this goal.”

First Responders Day in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies. R Hero by artists Karen and Tony Barone

R. Hero at Teraa Lago Fire Station, Indio CA

“R. HERO” sculptures may be acquired from the artists and donated to a not-for-profit organization, a children’s museum or to a city for art-in-public-places sites. Barone art-in-public-places sculptures may be seen at: Palm Springs Animal Shelter (CA), Palm Springs Fire Station #3 (CA), Historical Society of Palm Desert (CA), El Paseo Median, Palm Desert (CA), University of California Riverside/Palm Desert Center (CA), Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert Rancho Mirage (CA), Rancho Mirage Public Library (CA), Children’s Museum of Phoenix (AZ), EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown (Connecticut) and soon at Kohl Children’s Museum of Glenview, IL to specifically honor Glenview’s very own first responders.
First Responders Appreciation Day was created to celebrate the efforts of all first responders, including police, firemen, paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, disaster agencies and even volunteers, in the way that Veterans Day honors all those who have served in the military. While not celebrated on a national scale yet, Illinois and many other states recognize September 27 as the day to honor these heroes. In appreciation for their service, Kohl Children’s Museum will be offering free admission to all First Responders from September 26 through October 31.

About the Artists:

Karen and Tony Barone are a couple working side-by-side in the execution of their very large-scale sculpture and paintings. This creative husband-and-wife team’s works has been exhibited and acquired by individuals, corporations, cities and museums worldwide. The Barones were both born and met in Chicago where they achieved a high level of success. The next stop on their artistic and romantic journey took them to New York City where “we got our stripes.” Working out of their sprawling 4th floor loft, they were known as “Soho pioneers.” A hillside studio on their horse farm in East Tennessee became their next artistic environment before heading west to become a powerful artistic presence, disseminating art and producing shows from their massive canal-side studio in Los Angeles’ artist community of Venice Beach. Early in the new millennium, they moved their high-voltage creativity to the Palm Springs California desert community of Rancho Mirage where larger-than-life public art dominated their oeuvre.

Karen and Tony Barone create mind-boggling works of art that challenge our sense of scale and spatial reality. They place the viewer in an Alice-In-Wonderland state of disbelief and visual adventure. They believe art can be a powerful force for good and human enrichment and they support many causes to that goal.

About Kohl Children’s Museum:

In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicago land families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents Magazine. The Museum was ranked sixth out of more than 300 children’s museums nationwide and was the only Chicago area museum recognized.

Offering 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children age’s birth to 8, the Museum’s mission is to encourage young children to become effective learners through self-directed complex play. Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., in Glenview, Ill. At the corner of Patriot Blvd. and W. Lake Ave. in the newly redeveloped area known as The Glen. The Museum can be easily reached by public transportation, including Pace bus and Metra trains.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website at

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