2012 Oak Park Sculpture Walk
The program was developed by the Village of Oak Park and the Oak park Public Arts Advisory Commisssion. For the online brochure, click on the link, click here..
Although all the photographs are taken by me, but the information is taken from the online brochure, including the italicized texts ..
I Ams what I Ams - by Ron Gard
The monolithic piece of Indiana limestone is carved into two intertwined, sprouting seedlings. These organic forms are sculpted in the monumental material of stone with a modern geometrical shape. The top leaves are rounded and polished for functional comfort. The complexity of the forms causes the viewer to move around the sculpture. Please feel free to sit!
The sculptures of Helbing are assemblages of found objects, mostly made of stainless steel. This readymade sculpture reuses materials to give them a new meaning. Humble objects collected from everyday life are rearranged in a new, monumental form. His sculptures are influenced by a range of natural and scientific forms that echo the diverse interests of the artist.
The art of Morin has migrated through the figurative, the architectural and the abstract forms, moving from an intimate, small scale to a large and monumental one. The sculpture contrasts and reflects the verticality of the architecture and the chromatic palette of the site.
By joining irregular, organic materials to machine-tooled geometric shapes of steel, the artist creates sculpture with kinetic relationships among the elements — and between the sculpture and its environment. The aesthetic of Karpowicz’s sculpture is rooted in craftsmanship while being informed by the sublime nature of minimal forms and the layering of history.
McMahon’s sculptures are organic forms and figures in geometric rhythm. These forms are modeled in clay or cast in metal and concrete, welded in steel, or carved in stone. Her work is connected with nature and the environment, just as the ecosystems that form us.
A monolithic piece of Indiana limestone was sawn vertically to reveal the interior of the sculpture. The inlayed spheres of Brazilian marble have been bushed or stippled to allow the individual crystals to sparkle in sunlight. Each ‘sun seed’ has a radial pattern carved with a pneumatic chisel. The sculpture has a wide variety of textures to be discovered.
The sculpture is made of five rings of salvaged steel, painted black. The heavy weight of the black rings is rearranged in a kinetic group of forms. The precarious stability of the tower is resolved in the lightness of the whole. This piece is another in a series of reconstructed pillars made in response to the vertical aesthetic of the city.
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