Saving the Spindle Project Unfolds

The Spindle lives! Join the Berwyn Arts Council and Berwyn Rt 66 Museum this Sunday to help raise awareness and funds for the Spindle!

In 1989 artist Dustin Shuler created the Spindle and brought it to the Cermak Plaza Shopping Center in Berwyn. Over the years it was loved by many, ridiculed by some but grew strong in the hearts of people across the country. It appeared in the movie Wayne’s World, on postcards, beer commercials and even a comic strip.

A redevelopment of the Cermak Plaza began in 2007. One of the first changes was to be the construction of a Walgreens in the space occupied by the Spindle. There were several campaigns to Save the Spindle, but despite the protests and public clamor, on May 2, 2008, the Spindle was demolished. Thankfully, the Berwyn Arts Council continued to work with the management of the Cermak Plaza, developing a plan that would save the two surviving cars, a 1967 red Volkswagen Beetle and a 1976 BMW model 2000. And on May 18, 2012, Andrew Bermant, the owner of Cermak Plaza, donated these two cars to the Berwyn Arts Council.

The Volkswagen and the BMW are in desperate condition, the result of 19 years exposure to Chicago weather. With community support, the cars will be restored to their 1989 appearance and preserved so they will continue to survive for many years to come. The completed exhibit will feature both cars in their original orientation, on a spike, at the Berwyn Rt 66 Museum property. The Spindle will be saved.

Saving the Spindle is a project of the Berwyn Arts Council, a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization, in conjunction with The Berwyn Rt 66 Museum. For additional information, call 708-484-2325 ext 301.

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