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Upwells - by Stephen Luecking

 Installed: 1990

 Granite and bronze / 40' high spire

 Acquired: through John Needles Chester Fund and Illinois "Percent for Art" Program.

 Location: Central plaza, south of Beckman Institute at UIUC University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

It  illustrates the basic principles of astronomy that deal with the motion of the earth through the solar system.

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Sylvia Shaw Judson

Wikipedia informs.. click here.. Shaw was born in 1897 in Lake Forest, Illinois, near Chicago, the daughter of prominent Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. She attended the Westover School in Connecticut. In 1917, she married Clay Judson (1892–1960), a Chicago lawyer. She studied with Anna Hyatt Huntington and Albin Polasek at the Art Institute of Chicago and went to Paris in 1920 to continue her studies under Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Judson was influenced by Chinese sculpture...
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Lead with the Heart - by Kara James

Carved: 2014

 as part of Chicago Tree Project, to turn dead or dying trees that are infested with Emerald Ash Borer or other bugs and diseases into living public art.

A joint project of Chicago Sculpture International [CSI] and Chicago Park District [CPD]

 Here are more, Chicago Tree Project.. click here.. . The official website.. click here..

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Fountain Girl - by George Wade

Originally created: 1893 [Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition].

Lost sometimes in the 1950s.

 Recreated and reinstalled: 2013, after 50 years of going missing, recast from a copy of the original in Portland, Maine.

 Location: Lincoln Park south of W. LaSalle Drive and east of the Chicago History Museum.

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  Fabricating sculptures, especially large-scale sculptures, is a long arduous task. It involves many phases including: sketches - maquette - structural engineering - fabrication - assembly - installation. Then there is maintenance - cleaning and sometimes restoring! Some of these stages require high level of technical and engineering expertise, and sometimes an artist need much larger workspace than what their own studio provide. So at times, artists need support or helping hands, to breathe life to their concept. Vector Custom Fabricating does exactly that!...
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  The above image shows some iconic Public Art pieces that have become unique symbols of the city and reflect the historical and cultural identity of the place. From top left: the Charging Bull is a symbol of New York, the Gateway Arch of St. Louis, Industry murals of Detroit, Night Wing bat sculpture of Austin, La Grande Vitesse of Grand Rapids, and coming home, Picasso's Untitled sculpture is a symbol of Chicago! These public art pieces are widely accepted as symbols of their cities, as they represent facets that are deeply...
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  In the year 1999, Chicago had a very successful and in many ways a trend-setting exhibition, "Cows on Parade". It featured about 300 life-size fiber-glass cows, hand-painted by local artists, displayed in public spaces throughout the city of Chicago. After the exhibition was over, the Cow Parade cows are auctioned off, and the money was donated to different charities. The immensely popular display attracted about 2 million visitors to Chicago,  and charity auction of the cows raised more than $3.4...
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  Art historian Rolf Achilles is not only a well known public figure in Chicago, but is internationally recognized for his efforts in documentation and preservation of our cultural heritage. He is Adjunct Associate Professor [Historic Preservation] at School of Art Institute of Chicago [SAIC], board member of Driehaus Museum in the Nickerson Mansion, Glessner House, Hegeler Carus Mansion, All Arts Foundation, Partners for Sacred Places; Steering Committee of Farnsworth House; Honorary Freeman at Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, London...
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