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"...click 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

RELATED LINKS..
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


Friday, June 29, 2012

Oregon Sculpture Trail [Community Art Legacy's program "Ten in Ten"]

Community Art Legacy
Ten Sculptures in Ten Years
The Community Art legacy [CAL] was formed in 2004 by a group of Oregon citizens with the purpose of installing "ten sculptures in ten yers" in the Oregon area. It was formed under the initiative of Jeff Adams, sculptor and foundry operator of inBronze Foundry in Mt. Morris.

Their guiding motivation was expressed by sculptor Lorado Taft when he said, "The hometown is the dearest place on earth. Why not make is more beautiful".

Here are some of the sculptures under CAL's Ten in Ten program
  • From the Waters Comes My Bounty - by Ray Kobald [2005]
  • Agriculture, Mother of Civilization - by David Seagraves [2006]
  • Cornball - by Howard Russo [2007]
  • The Bountiful Bench - by Christina Murphy [2008]
  • Solar Reef - by Andrew Langoussis [2009]
  • Making Hay - by David Ingebritson [2010]
  • Harvest Hunter - by Matthew Donavon [2011]
 


From the Waters Comes My Bounty
- by Ray Kobald
Installed; 2005
Location: Kiwanis Park [201 N 2nd St.]
at the west end of the dam of the Rock River.
It depicts the generosity of the life-giving waters to all things.

Agriculture, Mother of Civilization
- by David Seagraves
Installed: 2006
Location: The Judicial Center, west of Court House
She personifies the fertility of the earth and Ogle county.
The Cornball
- by Howard Russo
Installed: 2007
Location: Coliseum, north of Court House
It represents the increased global impact of corn to the world.

The Bountiful Bench
- by Christina Murphy
Installed:  2008
Location: Lawn of Oregon Public Library
Inspired by the beauty of Rock River, the woman of nature and her coverlet hold the produce and natural bounty of the area.

Solar Reef
- By Andrew Langoussis
Installed: 2009
Location: Oregon West Park [1402 Koontz Place]
It represents the sun, the source of all energy, and through it can be seen the Court House and Oregon.

Making Hay
- by Daniel Ingebritson
Installed: 2010
Location: Stillman Bank, north of IL Route 2
It captures the dynamic movement of the farmer's strokes of the scythe through the hay.

The Community Art Legacy [CAL] holds a competition each year in which sculptors submit maquettes [models] of work to the theme of the Fields project, "bringing art and agriculture together".  The winning sculptor receives a prize of $2,000 and then enlarges the maquette to a "lifesize" sculpture which is then molded and cast in bronze. the sculptor also receives the molds from which additional sculptures can be cast.
Funds for the program are given and pledged by friends and members of the community  over the 10 years of the program. ownership, installation and maintenance responsibilities are assumed by the entity where the sculpture is placed. Thus the inspiration and work of CAL will have added 10 sculptures to the Oregon Sculpture Trail when finished.

NOTE: When we visited Oregon, on June 26, 2012; seven of the ten sculptures, were already installed. We saw six out of seven. The sculpture we missed is "Harvest Hunter", by Matthew Donavon [2011]. Maybe when all ten are installed, it will be a time to visit again!


RELATED LINKS:
A Day Trip to Oregon: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Part I: Lorado Taft
[The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft..click here..
& works by artists at Eagle Nest Colony at Oregon Public Library]
Part II: Community Art Legacy Program
Part III [Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate - by Jeff Adams]
The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft] 

Oregon Sculpture Trail [From the Waters Comes My Bounty - by Ray Kobald]


 

From the Waters Comes My Bounty
- by Ray Kobald
Installed; 2005
Location: Kiwanis Park [201 N 2nd St.]
at the west end of the dam of the Rock River.
It depicts the generosity of the life-giving waters to all things.

 


 


 





Kiwanis Park [201 N 2nd St.]



West end of the dam of the Rock River

RELATED LINKS:
A Day Trip to Oregon: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Part I: Lorado Taft
[The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft..click here..
& works by artists at Eagle Nest Colony at Oregon Public Library]
Part II: Community Art Legacy Program
Part III [Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate - by Jeff Adams]
The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft]

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Oregon Sculpture Trail [Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate - by Jeff Adams]






Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate
by Jeff Adams
Installed: 2002
Location: Mix Park, Oregon, IL.

Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate
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, scroll down..














 












The plaque reads..
Paths of Conviction, Footssteps of Fate..
This sculpture is a reflection on the personal conviction, struggle and fate shared by Lincoln and Black Hawk. No other relationship is intended.
Black Hawk is depicted as faithfully as could be determined from the very few existing paintings, while Lincoln is a composite of sixty-four documented photographs. Life masks were used as reference for both figures.
Black Hawk sits on an incline, symbolic of the precarious position of the Native American during the White settlement of the prairie. It has been documented that Black Hawk said he gave everything he had away in mourning the loss of his two children. The only covering he retained was a piece of buffalo robe. That statement provided the visual image Black Hawk clutching the buffalo robe lifted in both defiance and pleading. his left arm cling to the rock symbolozing his effort to retain the Saux homeland.

In this sculpture Lincoln emerges from the same rock, reaching forward on his own path of conviction, which ultimately led to his presidency. My intent was to capture Lincoln spirit, not illustrate a particular moment in history.
I believe sculpture contributes to the identity of a place and its people. my hope is the heritage of sculpture that began with lorado taft will not be something from our past. This sculpture aspires to beome part of that history, linking our artistic heritage with a continuing tradition of art and culture.

Sculptor Jeff Adams.

 
RELATED LINKS:
A Day Trip to Oregon: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Part I: Lorado Taft
[The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft..click here..
& works by artists at Eagle Nest Colony at Oregon Public Library]
Part II: Community Art Legacy Program
Part III [Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate - by Jeff Adams]
The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft]

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oregon Sculpture Trail [ The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft]



The Eternal Indian
popularly known as The Black Hawk
by Lorado Taft
1911 / concrete
Location: Lowden State Park,  Oregon, Illinois.

Is it really Black Hawk?
Although it is called Black Hawk, the statue does not represent any one man. Instead it is a tribute to all Native Americans, especially those who lived along the Rock River.







One Man's Dream
Before this area was a State Park, it was an artist's colony, known as Eagle's Nest. Every summer for nearly 50 years, painters, sculptors and dancers gathered here to escape the city's heat of Chicago and enjoy the great outdoors.
One artist was sculptor named Lorado Taft. He was inspired by the beauty of the Rock River and the story of Black Hawk. He pictured an Indian standing with folded arms on the rocky bluff gazing out at his lost land. He dreamed making a statue so the legacy of the Indian would not be forgotten.

The Dream Became Concrete..
Dreaming of a 50 foot tall statue was a lot easier than building it... especially on top of a 250 foot cliff. First, workers shaped the staue's frame. Working on a scaffold, they covered steel rods with chicken wire and wrapped it all in plaster-soaked burlap to look like the folds of an Indian blanket. The head was sculpted seperately and mounted in place to make sure the staue was looking in the right direction. After the concrete had set over the winter, the mold was carefully chipped away. luckily, everything worked! the result is this magnificient staue you see here..


From the other side... IL Route 2, across the Rock River


From the other side...IL Route 2, across the Rock River



Rock River, Illinois.
 
RELATED LINKS:
A  Day Trip to Oregon: Tuesday,  June 26, 2012
Part I: Lorado Taft
[The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft..click here..
& works by artists at Eagle Nest Colony at Oregon Public Library]
Part II: Community Art Legacy Program
Part III [Paths of Conviction, Footsteps of Fate - by Jeff Adams]
The Eternal Indian - by Lorado Taft]