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April 17, 2017: Day Trip to Rockford, IL.

Day trips are a good escape from daily grind of humdrum activities. With a day trip, are no hassles of overnight stay and all the arrangements that go with it. I was looking for some exciting places to for a little getaway. In my search,  I came across a few articles about Sculpture Stroll in Rockford. Installed in 2015, they will be in Rockford till June 2017.  Bingo! I got my day trip destination. So April 17th, I leave my...
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Sculpture Stroll in downtown Rockford

Sculpture Stroll in downtown Rockford featuring works by two New York based artists: Boaz Vaadia and Hans Van de Bovenkamp.

A Public Art initiative created by the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau [RACVB].

June 2015 - June 2017.

Originally schedule to be on display from June 2015 – May 2016, the RACVB worked with the artists to extend the stay because of the overwhelming response from the community. Now...
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Above Image: "Gertrude” the Guernsey Cow at Lockwood Park.

Lockwood Park, Rockford

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Center and Children's Farm is home to a variety of animals including pigs, llama, sheep, horses, goats, rabbits, ducks, donkeys and  Huckleberry and his pony friends. There is over 146 acres of gently rolling hills, meadows, woods, natural areas, stream, 15-mile trail system (hiking, biking, or horseback riding), playground, picnic areas, and much more.

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Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza, Rockford, IL.

Built as a tribute to Virgil Keeling and Amarnath Puri, it honors the virtues of tolerance and respect for all people.

Dedicated to peace, tranquility and celebrating diversity and heritage.

Showcases 40 flags, 30 languages, 10 prophets of peace, two hemispheres, One World.

Location: near I-90/39 and Riverside Blvd The plaza is also adjacent to Rockford's 20-mile Perryville Path network of bicycle and recreational trails.

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April 7, 2017: It was a gorgeous spring day, and I took a beautiful long drive to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park [NMSP]. The idea was two-fold: to participate in the celebration of the 102nd birthday of noted Jazz Singer Billie Holiday. But more importantly, what really motivated me to drive to the NMSP that day, was to meet with the wonderful Director and Curator of NMSP Geoffrey Bates, who is about to retire, and begin the next chapter in his...

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Spiral - by Clement Meadmore

Location: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governor's State University.

The first sculpture that greets you as you enter the Sculpture Park, which is the campus of Governors State University.

Clement Meadmore [1929 – 2005] was an Australian-American sculptor known for massive outdoor steel sculptures. Spiral is made of Cor-Ten steel, the same material that makes Picasso's Untitled at Daley Plaza. A trivia from wikipedia: Meadmore was an avid amateur drummer and jazz lover who held jam sessions in...

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Illinois Landscape No. 5 - by John Henry

1976 / welded and painted steel

Location: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Commissioned by the Governors State University Foundation with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The marker reads.. This sculpture, which measures 134 feet in length, is typical of John Henry's work. Through the careful arrangement of simple forms and with great attention to angles of incidence and visual weight, the artist has created a structure...
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