Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day Trip to Oregon Sculpture Trail: Part I [ Lorado Taft]


A Day Trip to Oregon:  Tuesday, June 26, 2012
with two friends, Debi and Jen..
The main reason to plan a day-trip to Oregon was to see "The Eternal Indian" statue by Lorado Taft. While planning, I realized that Oregon had other sculptures by Lorado Taft, like the "Soldiers Monument" and "The Fish Boys", and maquette of some of his works at the Oregon Public Library. What was also fascinating was to discover the sculptures by local artist Jeff Adams, and his initiative in creating the Community Art Legacy with "Ten in Ten" program. It's purpose is installing "ten sculptures in ten yers" in the Oregon area. We also saw some Tipis..

In one day trip we were able to see about 15 outdoor sculptures...
For the sake of convenience, I am covering our Day trip to Oregon, in four parts...
Part I: Lorado Taft
Part II: Jeff Adam's, "Paths of Conviction: Footsteps of Faith" here..
Part III:  Community Art Legacy with "Ten in Ten" program..  click here...
Part IV: Oregon Trail of painted Tipis

Oregon Sculpture Trail PART I : Lorado Taft
The Oregon Sculpture Trail  began in 1911, with the Black Hawk Statue, and it now has about 15 sculptures. 

The Eternal Indian
popularly known as The Black Hawk
by Lorado Taft
1911 / concrete
Location: Lowden State Park, Oregon, Illinois
For a lot more on this 50-foot sculpture, click here..

The Soldier's Monument - by Lorado Taft
 Dedicated: 1916
Location: Court House Square, southeast corner of Ogle County Courthouse.

From the Oregon Sculpture Trail website, click here .. 
The statue was created to honor more than 3,500 Ogle county veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the War of 1812 and the Mexican War. Lorado Taft offered to help fin a suitable location for the proposed heavy bronze plates cast with names. He contributed a year's work to the creation of the monument for which architects, Pond and Pond, designed the exedra, on which the bronze plates and three figures are mounted. The bronze center figure, holding two laurel wreaths represents America Two solider statues, cut from marble, represent an infantryman, looking north longingly toward home, and a cavalryman on the right, turned defiantly toward the south, his hand on the hilt of this sword. Subsequently, a bronze tablet listing World War I veterans was added to the front of the monument, near America's outstretched left hand.

The Fish Boys
Location: Mix Park, Oregon
Original bronze sculptures were designed and cast  in bronze as part of Taft's "Fountain of the Great Lakes",  click here ..  at the Chicago Art Institute of Chicago, South Garden.  The Oregon's "Fish Sculptures" are constructed by a special blend of concrete and crushed quartz, incorporating pebbles from Potomac River.
Lorado Zadoc Taft  [April 29, 1860 – October 30, 1936]  arguably one of the greatest sculptors of Chicago was born in Elmwood, IL, and died in his home studio in Chicago.  He studied art at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He taught at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago from 1886 until 1907, and continued to lecture there until 1929. Taft was closely associated with Chicago's World's Fair [Columbian Exposition] of 1893, where he employed some female students dubbed as White Rabbits.  In 1903 Taft published The History of American Sculpture, the first survey of the subject.

Lorado Taft and Eagle's Nest Colony, Oregon, IL
The Eagle's Nest Art Colony was started by a group in 1898, when a group of artists associated with the Chicago Art institute leased land on the bluff overlooking the Rock River on the east bank. This group of artists with painters, sculptors, writers, poets and musicians established summer homes there and continued to meet in summers until 1942, when the lease was terminated with the death of the last surviving original member. Lorado Taft was among the founding members of the Eagle's Nest Colony.  The maquette of many of the sculptures made by artists at eagle's Nest Colony are the Oregon Public Library.

Oregon Public Library
The building was built by Chicago architectural firm of Pond and Pond, and has characteristics of Arts and Crafts Movement.  The Oregon Public Library was added to the US National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 2003. The second floor of the lirary building has a gallery with artworks by members of the Eagle's Nest Colony.

The Oregon Public Library's Eagle's Nest Colony Art Collection

Maquette for "Blind " - by Lorado Taft
This is one of Taft's most impressive symbolic sculptures. It was inspired by Maeterlinck's tragic drama, "The Blind". The piece portrays the moment when the group realizes that the baby in the middle can see and lead the group to safety.

American Indian - by Lorado Taft
Working model for Taft's 50-foot sculpture"The Eternal Indian".

"Aspiration" -  by Lorado Taft.
said to be Taft's final statue.
Photographs of the studio at the time of the artist's death shows this sculpture.

Baby Marguerite - by Leonard Crunelle
Bronze cast from original, which was in marble.
Lenonard Crunelle, another of my favourite Chicago sculptors, was doscovered by Lorado Taft. This piece portray's Crunelle's baby daughter.

Chief Keokuk - by Nellie Verne Walker
Painted plaster
This may have been the working model for the Chief Keokuk Memorial in Keokuk, Iowa.

Tiger - by Antonio Louis Barye

In Memory of Gladys Keebler..
 Children Librarian 1982 - 2007.
"She loved children and reading books".

Here comes the Lion. He is tired and sleepy. He goes to sleep under a tree.
A little Mouse comes.  He runs up the Lion. The Lion wakes up. He is angry.

Eagle's Nest Tree Railing - Hand forged iron by Neil Anderson.
Artist in Residence 1978.

Some other highlights of the trip ..

"Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate" by oregon local artist Jeff Adams.
This sculpture is a reflection on the personal conviction, struggle and fate shared by Lincoln and Black Hawk. No other relationship is intended.. For more, click here.. click here..

Making Hay - by David Ingebritson

Making Hay  is a paart of  Oregon's Community Art Legacy's program "Ten in Ten".. with the purpose of installing "ten sculptures in ten yers" in the Oregon area.
So far 7 sculptures have been installed, and we saw 6 of these..
For images of these sculptures, click on the link..Oregon Sculpture Trail [Community Art Legacy's program Ten in Ten].. click here.. 

Painted Tipis "Coming of the Corn" - by Stasha Hayes
More on the Tipis will continue

Part I: Lorado Taft   click here...
Part II: Jeff Adam's, "Paths of Conviction: Footsteps of Faith"..  click here...
Part III: Community Art Legacy with "Ten in Ten" program .. click here...
Part IV: Oregon Trail of painted Tipis

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