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Above Image: Sculptor Chakaia Booker, Deputy Commissioner DCASE Tracie D. Hall and me. Where DCASE is Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago. Photo by Jeff Stevenson, who works at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.


2014: Carts and Cocktails

 Saturday, Sep 14, 2014

 An annual benefit fundraiser at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University.

 One of the most beautiful sculpture parks, is the campus of Governors...

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Monday, Sep 8, 2014: Visit to Luftwerk Studio

First the question, what is Luftwerk? Luftwerk is a collaborative vision of two artists - Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. They use light and sound to sculpt site-specific environments. In their own words.. "Our work lives within the connection of light and surface, revealing an inherent texture. A video projector illuminates the surface and opens a dialogue between source and destination. Each project is a new discovery where we...

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Above Image: Pier Walk'97. Photography by David Wagenaar. Image Courtesy: Michael Dunbar / Co-producer of Pier Walk.

In this age of internet if an event is not searchable online - especially if one cannot Google it - it can be considered as good as:  It Never Even Happened!  I am writing this especially in the context of  large-scale sculptural exhibitions in Chicago that took place before the year 2000!!  There is a lot of online searchable information on high profile installations like Pablo Picasso's "Untitled" monumental sculpture in Daley Center Plaza, Marc Chagall's...

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Above Image: Chicago's Picasso at Daley Center Plaza

"Chicago's Picasso" is said to be the most consequential sculptural installation in Chicago. This post is about examining the widely accepted notion. Its significance can be evaluated by analyzing its impact on sculptures, sculptors and public policies.

 But first a bit about this sculpture.

Picasso's Chicago is one of the first modern monumental sculpture to be placed outdoors in the Loop.  It was unveiled in the Civic Center Plaza [now the Daley Center...

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Above Image:  Portrait sculptures "Laura, Paula and Ines" – by Jaume Plensa at South Boeing Gallery, Millennium Park..


This year marks the 10th anniversary of Millennium Park - the most successful public space in Chicago and arguably anywhere in the country or the world. It has become Chicago's cultural identity and provided world class - open and free - public space to residents and tourists, thereby boosting local economic growth. In...

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Wind Sculptures - by Yinka Shonibare. In the above image, from left to right, these are Wind Sculptures : V, IV and III.

 Location: Museum of Contemporary Art [MCA] Plaza.

 Description: Each sculpture is about 20 feet high, showing Dutch wax fabric known as African batik, evoking sails blowing by the wind alluding to the history of maritime trade, a recurring subject of Shonibare's work. The artist considers Dutch wax-fabric a perfect metaphor for multilayered identity. For more,...

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Above Image: from left.. [1] Symbiotic Parralax – by Terrence Karpowicz [1997 / Art-in-Architecture program of the Illinois CDA].. [2] Snake Charmer – by Roger Brown [1990 / Percentage-for-Art program of city of Chicago].. and [3] Batcolumn – by Claes Oldenburg [1977 / Art-in-Architecture program of federal GSA]..

Chronology of Public Art related Public Policies in Chicago - Part I.


CONTEXT and PURPOSE: This year, in 2014, the City of Chicago is in the process...

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Above Image: 1004 Portraits - by Jaume Plensa



My Big Thank You to everyone who has commissioned me for documentation purposes.

There is nothing better than enjoying the work and getting paid for it!

Contact: jyoti@lensimpressions.net

Below is a Photo-Gallery of my commissions...

For List of my commissions..click here..

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