I love a city that invests in public art.
After a little research, I've learned that these objects are only temporary, but we all get to enjoy them for at least a year. They are a function of the 23rd International Sculpture Conference that is being held here in the beginning of October. I won't be participating in the conference, but I am happy to be a beneficiary of all that beautiful (and some more interesting, than beautiful) work.
By the time it is complete, there should be 54 new installations to grace our shoreline. I am lucky to see the new additions as they arrive, so I get a chance to consider each one individually instead of as one big tour.
One of these days I'll move on over to Word Press so I can show you a nice and tidy slideshow. Until then, here are several other pieces in the exhibit. I haven't found titles and artists' names for all of these, yet. If you know, put it in the comments section and I'll update the captions.
The new one I saw today I must have circled several times, walked around it, walked within it, touched it in a few places, laid down beside it, and snapped several images.
I like it.
It looks like a different piece of work from each angle.
Some pieces that seem kind of bleh at first, become more interesting when taking it in with its surroundings.
|Metal Response by Bill Vielehr|
Some of them have better placement than others, like it is hard to photograph the best angle of a piece of work when there is a lot of busy stuff in the background, cars, lampposts, garbage cans, etc. The surrounding detract from the work.
|Folding Forms by Christopher Newman|
Or in the case below, the surroundings are just as busy as the work. Maybe too busy.
|by Ray Katz|
I pacified the kids with ice cream so I could explore this one a bit. I'd like to return at a time with long shadows.
These enormous horses are so at home at the Field Museum along with Sue, the T-Rex.
|Kelpies by Andy Scott|
It took a few days before I noticed the little man looking up at the gigantic horse head. Now it's one of my favorites.
|Kelpies by Andy Scott|
Looking at this always makes me want to scratch my ear.
|Nautilus by Suzanne Horwitz|
Whenever I look at Red Dancer, I have the urge to climb up and sit for awhile. Impossible for me, but maybe a feat my 4yo.
|Red Dancer by Gary Kulak|
I love how this piece, Three Liner, moves. Not just seeing a different piece from different angles, it is also different at different moments and days.
|Three Liner by Evan Lewis|
The houses I find interesting, but challenging to photograph in the way that I see it.
I've passed Bouquet for weeks before finally photographing it. Funny how when I don't like something, it is such a chore to just simply take a quick pic (not even a good photograph, sorry).
|Bouquet by Terry Karpowicz|
Flamenco Revisited is one I like from many different angles, but the iPhone just wasn't working with me that day (or really, I wasn't working well with it, perhaps).
|Flamenco Revisited by Ruth Migdal|
I think I need to start carrying around my big girl camera to reconsider a few pieces.
If you get a chance, come to Chicago and take a walk along the lakefront. I'd love to hear what your impressions are.