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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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Universe - by Alexander Calder

Location: Willis Tower, Wacker Drive lobby

Installed: October 25, 1974. The work was dedicated along with Calder's other work "Flamingo" in the Federal Plaza.

The sculpture was commissioned by Sears, Roebuck and Company, for its location of its headquarters at Sears Tower [now Willis Tower].

NOTE: In March 2017, the sculpture has been removed. It is currently in an art storage facility and its future is unknown. There are some legal disputes about it.

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Women Made Public Art in Chicago

From working as studio assistants to being formally trained, having their own studios, and producing their own masterpieces, women have come a long way..

In the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Lorado Taft employed a group of women ssistants, an occurrence that was virtually unheard of at that time. The story goes that Taft realized that all the male sculptors to be had, were already employed elsewhere and Taft could not complete the decorations on time....
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The Story Chair

Location: Chicago CulturaL Center

What is it? This is the centerpiece of the custom designed furniture of Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, from which stories are read at library programs.

The example displayed here is a prototype created by Hammond, Beeby and Babka – the architectural firm responsible for the Sulzer design. Its design and handpainting was created by the project’s supervising artist Tannys Langdon.

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Eugene Eda’s Doors for Malcolm X College

Location: Sidney R. Yates Gallery at Chicago Cultural Center.

Temporary Exhibition: January 21-June 25, 2017.

Admission Fee: Free

This exhibition presents all 32 doors painted by Eugene Eda for the stairwells of the original, now demolished Malcolm X College. Painted in 1971,  the monumental doors are a landmark of the Black Arts movement in Chicago.

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Chicago Landmark Monuments and Sites.

It's a common misconception that the "Chicago Landmark' status is designated only to buildings and disctricts in Chicago.

Interestingly some public art, monuments and historical sites that have also been designated as Chicago Landmark. This encourages their preservation and protects against demolition.

The criterion for designating landmark status mentions "work of art" as one of the specifications.

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