Post by Henderson
Chicago is a beautiful city.
Most notably, and almost inconspicuously, this beauty resides in the public works of art that hang in our libraries, beckon us from the sides of buildings, and greet us along the streets that we walk every day.
Say what you want about our fair city, but when it comes to public art, Chicago is one of the best, with a long history of incorporating it into the ethos of the city. Its humble beginnings are found in the WPA and pre-WPA murals that are currently in restoration in many public schools.
Do you notice them? Do they cause you to stop and think, or feel?
To whet your appetites and get your motors running for some spring and summer sightseeing, here are a few links to get out there and explore. You can find more information on Chicago’s Public Art Collection website.
The city of Chicago is having a series of meetings to plan several new public art projects under their Percent for Arts program. They’ve got money to spend, ranging from $28,000 – $67,000, so if you’re a budding or established artist in almost any medium, the city is encouraging you to apply.
Hubertus von der Goltz’s Crossing
334 N LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Conceived by Hubertus von der Goltz as a gateway between the Loop and River North, Crossing symbolizes the delicate balance of the commercial and cultural districts that converge along the LaSalle Street corridor.
Barbara Cooper’s Current
8148 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
Barbara Cooper’s Current fills the 30-foot tall atrium of the Avalon Branch Library. Made of wood and glue, the 20-foot long sculpture hangs from the ceiling. Current represents the ripple effect of the library on the community, through reading, learning and discovering.
Ellen Harvey’s Carpet
Brown Line – Francisco Station
N. Francisco Ave. & Eastwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
The Chicago Transit Authority commissioned Ellen Harvey to create this 300 square foot mosaic for the Brown Line Francisco station. The mosaic spans the wall of the station and depicts the Chicago skyline.