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Haymarket Memorial [2004] - by Mary Brogger Chicago Public Art Program - Special Project

 

"The psychologists and efficiency experts now find that beauty increases productivity. It necessarily follows that true functionalism in man-made edifices must include artistic expression. Sterility and her handmaiden, monotony, must be banished.”

 Those are the words of  Michael von Moschzisker, founder of Percentage-for-Art Program [which started in Philadelphia in 1959]. Those wonderfully spoken words provide a concrete argument in favor of investment in public art....

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Chicago Gateway Green: International Sculpture Program

  Chicago Gateway Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago's expressway, gateways, and neighborhood. It was founded in 1986 by Donald J. Deporter, former CEO of Hyatt Hotels, on the belief that beauty and sustainability go hand-in-hand. They work for urban beautification and greening projects through sustainable landscaping, litter removal and planting native species on hundreds of acres along transportation corridors. These help improve air quality, protect our water, and restore the beauty of...
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Above Image: Monument to the Great Northern Migration - by Alison Saar

The King Drive Gateway Project

Dedicated: 1996

Funded by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. It allotted $10 million to rehabilitate King Drive. The allotment included $500,000 for a design element that would later become known as the Public Art of Bronzeville.

Project Manager: Barbara Koenen Director of Public Art Program: Mike Lash Commissioner of Cultural Affairs: Lois Weisberg

The King Drive Gateway Project...

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Continuing with my studio visits for the series on Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago..

Ruth Aizuss Migdal

Her website.. click here..

April 14, 2014: Studio visit of sculptor Ruth Migdal with Steve Mueller and Barry Hehemann, co-owners of the Vector Custom Fabricating... who are also sculptors in their own right! I have been working with Vector, in making their website, click here.. My earlier visit to Ruth Migdal studio.. click here..

 

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Above Image: Crown Fountain – by Jaume Plensa [2004]

Chicago Public Art TimeLine / Chronology of Sculptures in Chicago

My "Public Art in Chicago" website and blogs are dedicated to the sculpture community of Chicago. In making this Chicago Public Art Timeline, I have drawn heavily from the book, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculptures", by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray. This book has been my guiding force since I started blogging on Public Art...

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Above Image: Chicago Picasso - by Pablo Picasso [1967]

Chicago Public Art TimeLine / Chronology of Sculptures in Chicago

My "Public Art in Chicago" website and blogs are dedicated to the sculpture community of Chicago. In making this Chicago Public Art Timeline, I have drawn heavily from the book, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculptures", by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray. This book has been my guiding force since I started blogging...

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Above Image: Fountain of Time - by Lorado Taft [1922]

Chicago Public Art TimeLine / Chronology of Sculptures in Chicago

My "Public Art in Chicago" website and blogs are dedicated to the sculpture community of Chicago. In making this Chicago Public Art Timeline, I have drawn heavily on the book, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculptures", by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray. This book has been my guiding force since I...

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Above Image: Lions - by Edward Kemeys [1894]

Chicago Public Art TimeLine / Chronology of Sculptures in Chicago

My "Public Art in Chicago" website and blogs are dedicated to the sculpture community of Chicago. In making this Chicago Public Art Timeline, I have drawn heavily from the book, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculptures", by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray. This book has been my guiding force since I started blogging on Public Art of Chicago...

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Above Image: America's Courtyard - by Denise Milan and Ary Perez

The Public Art Program oversees special projects that further contribute to the cultural enrichment of Chicago by creating and placing artwork in very public and, occasionally, unexpected sites. The City's first large-scale temporary project was Botero in Chicago, 1994. However, perhaps the most broadly known temporary project was Cows on Parade.

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Above Image: Barry Hehemann working on Huletteluja [2011] at Vector Fabricating.

Continuing with my studio visits for the series on Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago..

Barry Hehemann

A very well known name in the sculptor community of Chicago.  Like some of his contemporary sculptors of Chicago - Mike Baur and Neil Goodman -  who started fabricating sculptures in about the 1980s; his work is also influenced of the rugged Midwestern landscape, with massive factories, bridges, ships and barges as the outstanding visible features...

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