Breeze Keeper – by Christine Rojek
Temporary Exhibit: July 2012 – May 2013.
Location: Evanston Art Center
Part of the Project, “A Sculpture on the Grounds”of Evanston Art Center.
Support for this project was provided by Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and friends of the Evanston Art Center.
The images were taken on May 29, 2013.
Breeze Keeper is a wind-activated sculpture. The inspiration comes from the vast open natural prairie landscape of the mid-west. The sculpture consists of 62 counter-balanced aluminum prairies images suspended from four frames. The wave like rising and falling structure of the sculpture not only evoke images of open prairie landform, but the 62 plant shafts also sway in the wind, mimicking the wave-like motion of native plants in the undulating terrain of prairie landscape.
I had wanted to see this sculpture in summer: when the lush-green ivy had covered the Evanston Art Center mansion, when the sun was shining brilliantly, and, when the artist Christine Rojek was present on the site! What luck!!! All three particulars I wanted, worked out!!! And it really was pure luck. The day we had fixed for photo-shoot was predicted to be a rainy-day. The day began as cloudy day with mild drizzle. We still kept the appointment of 1 pm. And then, suddenly by 12.30, the sky cleared up. There was brilliant sunshine, and the aluminum sculpture started shining beautifully!! This sculpture was of more interest to me since I had seen it in the process of fabrication, and also in the making of it’s maquette.
Check out this 2.30 minutes video. Notice the number of birds chirping.. My friend Lynn Becker describes it best, “The Bird Song Soundtrack”.
Making of the sculpture “Breeze Keeper”
I was very interested in seeing this installed sculpture “Breeze Keeper”, since I had seen it being made..
and luckily also seen the maquette being made.
Making of Breeze Keeper: June 15 2012.. click here..
Maquette- Breeze Keeper