Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bronzeville Benches


Walk Around the Block ..
By: Apache Wakefield ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at 25th street central median ..

King Drive Restoration Project ...
In 1996, Mayor Daley dedicated the $10 million King Drive restoration project to revitalize the historic Bronzeville neighborhood .. The King Drive project, funded by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, includes new benches, 91 bronze plaques and assorted artwork along King Drive from McCormick Place to 35th, celebrating the area's black history. The city Cultural Affairs Department supervised the project.

As a part of this restoration project, benches were designed by a variety of artists were installed at bus stops, in medians plazas and at martin luther King Branch Library. The benches celebrate Bronzeville's unique history and achievements including its local architecture, its musical legacy, the message of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, the community's African heritage and the promise of local youth .. Thirteen artists were selected to create the twenty four bench sculptures.

Here are few of the Bronzeville Benches ..
Installed: 1996 ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive ..
between 25th and 35th streets ..
City of Chicago Public Art Collection..





Louis and Li ..
By: Ted Garner
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at 25th street ..



Tampa Red
By: Ted Garner ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at 33rd Pl ..





The African Headrest ..
By: Willie Cole ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library Plaza ..
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 35th street ..





Queen Emmeya ..
By - Kymberli Johnson..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. at 33rd St., northeast corner ..


King Potolo ..
By - Kymberli Johnson ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. at 33rd St., northwest corner ..


Tribute
By: Barbara Grygutis
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at 31st street ..


Jazz ..
By Oswald Martin ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at 35th street ..


Guitar..
BY - Oswald Martin ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. at 29th St., northeast corner..





A Throne for ‘King’ ..
By - Barry Hehemann ..
Location: West side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Dr. between 34th and 35th Sts ..


A Throne for ‘King’ II ..
By - Barry Hehemann ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. at 35th St., northwest corner ..


Body ..
By - Maureen Blossfeld ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. at 26th St., southwest corner ..

2 comments:

LadyGaga said...

wonderful architecture.


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Jyoti said...

Wonderful indeed. Thanks for the comment.