Chicago area artists with Chicago Sculpture International present their work, followed by moderated discussions about what sculpture and art gives to communities and how they work with communities to create public art. This program features the following artists -
Nicole Beck: Nicole will present 2 short professional videos documenting two public sculpture installations in 2014 and 2015, "Amplifiers" a $250,000 collaborative, site-specific installation for the University of Illinois Urbana College of Electrical and Computer Engineering and "Spintronic" a 15' sculpture installed in Lincoln Park on LaSalle Drive and Clark Street this summer. She will discuss the process for presenting public art.
Victoria Fuller: Victoria will present a power point presentation on the making of her large-scale sculpture, discussing the process of casting bronze, and working with cement and found objects, working with government agencies commissioning the artwork, and working with a community-based project involving volunteers and children. She will discuss the making of Global Garden Shovel (a 35 foot tall cast bronze sculpture made from cast plants and trees from various global regions of the world in Seattle, WA), Blue Whale (a cement whale sculpture with embedded tiles made by elementary school children in Naperville, IL), and Canoe Fan (a large fan made out of Canoes, on the banks of the Huron River in Ann Arbor, MI).
Christopher Newman: Christopher will show several examples of how his outdoor city and park sculptures enhance the community around them. The way that surrounding buildings and landscape relate to figurative or abstract sculptures gives added importance to the location. The sculptures capture similarities in their shapes, colors and size to people walking, cars passing by, and the trees, grass, and plants around them. As the community experiences these relationships, the sculptures and the places where they are placed are each given a unique identity.
This program is part of the 2015-2016 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the theme "Chicago: The City That Gives".