Thursday, March 31, 2011

Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago - Ted Sitting Crow Garner..



Throne (for Martin Luther King, Jr.) [1995]..
at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park..

Hawk [part of Temporary Exhibit "Form in Flora", at Garfield Park Conservatory, 2010]..

March 31, 2011..
CONGRATULATIONS to Ted Sitting Crow Garner, for winning in Jeopardy on Tuesday! I don't know Wednesday's result..
This incidentally resulted in a phenomenal increase in "Views"/ Google Search on my Blogpost on him. So I decided to repost it..
REPOST: March 31, 2011..
ORIGINAL POST: September 8, 2010..

Original Post below..
Continuing with my series on Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago..
Here's Ted Sitting Crow Garner..


Yesterday, [Sep 7, 2010] I met Ted Sitting Crow Garner, at his Sedgwick Studio in the Old Town neighborhood. In fact five sculptors share the studio, others being John Adduci, Michael Young, S. Thomas Scarff and Jerry Peart..
I have met him earlier at the Art Chicago, 2010..
And it was great to meet a sculptor of Native American heritage..His great-great-grandfather Sitting Crow was a Blackfoot Sioux chief and Garner is a registered member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.



Ted Sitting Crow Garner earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the United States and he has travelled the world assisting major artists with the installation of monumental sculpture. His large scale outdoor sculpture often incorporates the sinuous line of shaped steel tubing ..

Tussle..
at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park..
Art Prize, 2010.. Grand Rapids, Michigan..
For more, click here..


The engraving reads..
You can't keep a Down Man Good...



You Can't Keep a Down Man Good..
By Ted Sitting Crow Garner..
As part of "Countercurrents" by CSI members..
at, Art Chicago, 2010..
Location: Merchandise Mart..





He plays beautifully!!!!
And when I told him so, he said.. "I know!"

Check out..
# My FB Album, Ted Sitting Crow Garner..
# My FB Album, Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago - Various Artists...
# ..

Monday, March 28, 2011

Course of Events - by Fisher Stolz..



Course of Events..
By Hal Fisher Stolz
Location: off I-190..

Fisher Stolz is Associate Professor of Art [Sculpture Area Head] at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. And I can proudly say, he's a friend and I have seen a few of his Temporary Exhibits in Chicago, but wanted to photograph his large-scale permanent installtion in Chicago... Finally I could today..






Some of Fisher's Temporary Exhibits, I've seen..
- Moonbench ["Countercurrents", Art Chicago, 2010]
- Ray ["Form in Flora", Garfield Park, 2010]


Moonbench ["Countercurrents", Art Chicago, 2010]..


Ray ["Form in Flora", Garfield Park, 2010] ...


RELATED LINKS..
# Moonbench ["Countercurrents", Art Chicago, 2010]..
# Ray ["Form in Flora", Garfield Park, 2010] ...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ten Oldest Sculptures of Chicago

Above Image: - Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..

One fine day, I got curious about the early sculptures of Chicago, which were installed before 1900, and can still be found at public places.. This got me into perparing this list of the Ten Oldest sculptures of Chicago.. All these are between the period 1864-1890.. Soon I will list sculptures between 1890-1900..

Note the complete absence of abstract sculptures.. Correct me if I'm wrong, till the 1940's, I don't think there's any abstract sculpture in Chicago. The first abstract sculpture, at a public place in Chicago, was "Red Petals" [1942] by Alexander Calder, in the lobby of Arts Club of Chicago.. We all know that after the installation of "Untitled" [popularly known as Picasso] by Pablo Picasso in the Daley Plaza, in 1967, there was a profusion of abstract sculptures in Chicago.. But which are the earliest abstract sculptures in Chicago? Now this is another topic I would love to work on..
However, today, I begin with the ten earliest sculptures in Chicago..

1864: Volunteer Firefighters Monument - by Leonard W. Volk..
1869: Our Heroes: Civil War Monument - by Leonrad W. Volk..
1881: Stephen A Douglas Tomb and Memorial - by Leonard W. Volk..
1882: The Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..
1884: Indian Alarm - by John J. Boyle..
1886: Schiller Monument - by Ernst Bildhauer Rau..
1887: Abraham Lincoln Monument - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..
1887: Eli Bates Fountain - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
1889: LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing..
1889: Haymarket Riot Monument - by John Gelert..
1890: Carrie Eliza Getty Memorial - by Louis Sullivan..


1864: Volunteer Firefighters Monument - by Leonard W. Volk..


# 1869: Our Heroes: Civil War Monument - by Leonrad W. Volk..


# 1881: Stephen A Douglas Tomb and Memorial - by Leonard W. Volk..


# 1882: The Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..


# 1884: Indian Alarm - by John J. Boyle..


# 1886: Schiller Mionument - by Ernst Bildhauer Rau..


# 1887: Abraham Lincoln Monument - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..


# 1887: Eli Bates Fountain - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.


# 1889: LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing..


# 1889: Haymarket Riot Monument - by John Gelert..


# 1890: Carrie Eliza Getty Memorial - by Louis Sullivan..


# The Winged Victory of Samothrace...
This deserves a special mention.. Although I could not find information on when it was cast, it's made from the mold of the original sculpture from Greece, circa 200 BC.. Now the original is in the Louvre Museum, Paris, France..


RELATED LINKS..
# 1864: Volunteer Firefighters Monument - by Leonard W. Volk..
# 1869: Our Heroes: Civil War Monument - by Leonrad W. Volk..
# 1881: Stephen A Douglas Tomb and Memorial - by Leonard W. Volk..
# 1882: The Drexel Fountain - by Henry Manger..
# 1884: Indian Alarm - by John J. Boyle..
# 1886: Schiller Mionument - by Ernst Bildhauer Rau..
# 1887: Abraham Lincoln Monument - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..
# 1887: Eli Bates Fountain - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
# 1889: LaSalle Monument - by Count Jacques de La Laing..
# 1889: Haymarket Riot Monument - by John Gelert..
# 1890: Carrie Eliza Getty Memorial - by Louis Sullivan..
# The Winged Victory of Samothrace...

REFERENCES:
The post is heavily referenced from the book,
"A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture"
- by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray..

Sunday, March 6, 2011

This Blog dedicated to the Sculpture Community of Chicago..

















About three-four years back, sometime in 2007, I started to photograph and document the Public Art in Chicago. I had no idea that soon it would become my passion and now I've spent hours and hours and hours on it! I have no idea what drives me to it, but I've enjoyed every bit of the process, going to remote corners just to see a sculptural piece, trying to find information, meeting with sculptors, understanding their vision, seeing sculptures being made and not to forget some quality fun time involving lunches and drinks.. Now with more than 300 sculptural pieces documented, this blog is dedicated to the Sculpture Community of Chicago.. Past, Present and Future..

Past few days I have been updating my previous posts, with more images and information entered. I have also updated the Index and List of Sculptors/Artists.. Still a lot needs to be done. But do check out..
# Index..
# Sculptors/ Artists..
And my favourite has been meeting with sculptors..
# Contemporary Sculptors of Chicago..

I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all the sculptors and artists who have welcomed me to their Studios and homes and shared their art with me. Thank You!!! Here's also a request to help me out in making it more comprehensive. A lot needs to be done. I am especially interested in outdoor Public Installations.. If you have one, please feel free to contact me.. Message me on FB, or email me or call me. Sometimes I'm a bit late at responding, but I do take note of each one of them..

Blog Stats has also been an eye-opener. The views by my FB friends is less than 10% of views from Google Search. It gives me a lot of satisfaction that the reach is much more than my friend-circle..

I end with some of my personal fav articles..
# Why I prefer sculptures over paintings..
# The Lost-Wax Process of Sculpture making.. [Documenting the making of "Bulldog and Hydrant", by Marshall Svendsen]..
# B.F. Ferguson Monument Fund... [There was hardly any information on it, and it took me a very long time making this list].
And a consistent TOP views.. is of two posts..
# AIC: Picasso's Women [& their Tragic Tales]..
# The Original Playboy Mansion..


And I Thank Jason Hawk, Eric Gushee and Salvador Dominguez for this photo!
Easily my Favourite!!! If you haven't noticed the page on the laptop is my Blog "Public Art in Chicago"..

DISCLAIMER: I am not a member of any sculpture group or organization. I am not a sculptors, nor an artist, nor a reporter with any magazine.. Documenting Public Art in Chicago is a pure hobby!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Chicago Landmark": Monuments and Sites

When we talk about "Chicago Landmarks", we usually talk about historically, culturally and architecturally significant buildings and districts. However some sculptural monuments and historical sites have also been designated as Chicago Landmarks.. Here they are..
Chicago Landmark Monuments and Sites..


Drake Fountain..
By Richard Henry Park
Completed: 1893..
Designated a Chicago Landmark: March 10, 2004
Believed to be Chicago's first statue commemorating Columbus. The monument was originally dedicated in December 1892 to mark the 400th anniversary of his voyage.
# For more, click here ..


Abraham Lincoln Momument ..
Augustus Saint-Gaudens [sculptor], Stanford White [architect]
Completed:1887
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: December 12, 2001 ..
This monument to America’s sixteenth president .. It is the work of two nationally-important American designers, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and architect Stanford White .. Several phases from Lincoln's speeches have been inscribed at the base of the monument, like "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on."
# For more, click here..


Heald Square Monument ..
Sculptors: Lorado Taft & Leonard Crunelle..
Completed: 1941
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 15, 1971 ..
The location of the monument was named for Capt. Nathan Heald, commander of Fort Dearborn from 1810-1812. The sculpture shows George Washington, with two principal financers of the American Revolution Robert Morris and Haym Salomon. Noted sculptor Lorado Taft began the design and it was finished by his associate, Leonard Crunelle ..
# For more, click here ..


Victory Monument
Bronze sculptures: Leonard Crunelle and Architect: John A. Nyden..
Completed: 1927..
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 9, 1998 ..
This structure was erected to honor the meritorious achievements of the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, an African-American unit that served in France during World War I as part of the 370th U.S. Infantry, also known as Eighth Regiment Armory .. The sculptor was Leonard Crunelle ..
# For more, click here..


Stephen A. Douglas Tomb
Architect: Leonard W. Volk
Year Built: 1881
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 28, 1977..
# For more, click here ..


Statue of the Republic..
Sculptor: Daniel Chester French, Architect: Henry Bacon..
Year Built: 1918
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: June 4, 2003..
Commissioned by the B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago and the Illinois statehood centennial..
# For more, click here..


Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain ..
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: August 30, 2000 ..
Kate Sturges Buckingham, a philanthropist and art patron donated the fountain in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham .. Fountain's designer Edward H. Bennett, along with Daniel Burnham, co-authored the "Plan of Chicago" in 1909 ... Burnham and Bennett created a working document giving substance to the City Beautiful philosophy ..
# For more, click here..


Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool..
Architect: Alfred Caldwell
Year Built: 1936-1938
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 6, 2002..
# For more, click here..

Landmark Historical Sites..


Site of Fort Dearborn ..
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 15, 1971 ..
The fort, was named for U.S. Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, who served as the country's major western military garrison until August 1812, when it was destroyed following an Indian uprising. A second fort, erected on the same site in 1816, was demolished in 1856.
# For more, click here ..


Site of the Sauganash Hotel/Wigwam
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 6, 2002 ..
It was at the Sauganash Hotel in 1833 that the newly-formed Town of Chicago voted to elect its first town trustees and where many of the town meetings occurred. During a brief period in 1837 when the building was not in operation as a hotel, it served as Chicago's first theater. The Sauganash Hotel remained in almost continuous operation until it burned down in 1851.
The Wigwam, constructed on the same site nine years later, was home to the 1860 Republican National Convention. It was at this historic convention that Abraham Lincoln was nominated as the Republican candidate for president. His nomination and eventual election as the nation's 16th President triggered a series of dramatic events surrounding the abolition of slavery and the secession of several southern states, ultimately culminating in the Civil War.
# For more, click here ..


Site of origin of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 ..
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 15, 1971 ..
The Great Fire of Chicago, that lasted 2 days [8- 10 October 1871] … began at this site .. It destroyed about 4 square miles of the city; killed about 250 people, made 100,000 homeless. It leveled about a third of the city; destroying about 17,450 buildings. It destroyed about the entire core downtown of Chicago and most of the North side. Property losses are estimated at $200 million.
# For more, click here..


Site of Haymarket Tragedy ..
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: March 25, 1992 ..
A decade of strife between labor and industry culminated here in a confrontation that resulted in the tragic death of both workers and policemen ..
# For more, click here...


Site of the First Self-Sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction ..
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: October 27, 1971 ..
The location commemorates the exact location where the Manhattan Project team devised the first nuclear reactor to produce the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear reaction. It was erected for and dedicated at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the splitting of the atom on the grounds by Enrico Fermi in December 2, 1942. Thus, it was dedicated at precisely 3:36 p.m. on December 2, 1967 ...
# For more, click here ...

RELATED LINKS..
Landmarks Monuments /Memorials/Attractions..
# Abraham Lincoln Momument - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens..
# Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool..
# Drake Fountain - by Richard Henry Park..
# Heald Square Monument - by Lorado Taft & Leonard Crunelle..
# Victory Monument - by Leonard Crunelle..
# Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain
# Statue of the Republic - by Daniel Chester French..
# Stephen A. Douglas Tomb - by Leonard W. Volk..

Landmark Sites..
# Site of Fort Dearborn
# Site of the Sauganash Hotel/Wigwam
# Site of origin of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871
# Site of Heymarket Tragedy of May 4, 1886
# Site of the First Self-Sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction of December 2, 1942