Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Streeterville [Two to Tango - by Richard Keibdaj]

Two to Tango
by Richard Keibdaj
Sculpted in 2009
Location: Plaza of the Saloon Steakhouse
200 E. Chestnut Street

Excerpt from the plaque..
Social commentaries using the wine bottle opener anthropomorphically engaged in a tango dipicting the relational challenges of modern scoiety. Imbibing in drink has classically initiated many encounters that may or may not endure depending on the strength of both partners convictions for each other. "it takes two to tango" would aptly describe this social relational dance.

One of Richard Kiebdaj's works I have seen earlier is "Owl and Pussycat" at the Odysseus Sculpture Park at Purdue University North Central, Indiana .. Image below..

Streeterville [Family - by Joseph J. O'Connell]

Family - by Joseph J. O'Connell

1968 /  Bronze

War Memorial Court of American Dental Association

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Death Art: The Triumph of Death [from exhibit "Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection"]

Death Struggle
By Richard Muller [Czech]
1913/ Etching on ivory laid paper   

Death Art entered the mainstream art in the late Medieval Period. This period was characterized by recurring famine, the Hundred Years War between France and England [1337—1453]; and the Black Death;  which together decimated a large proportion of the population of West Europe. The Black Death alone killed about a third of population.  The threat of death loomed large in  people’s daily lives and under these conditions, the theme of death found it’s way in literature and arts in various forms..
- Danse Macabre
- The Triumph of Death
- Death and the Maiden
And artistic representation of all of these art genres can be seen at the Richard Harris Collection.
In this post, are some Death Art on the "Triumph of Death" theme. A Skeleton representing Death, seems to be in a fierce battle with the living.. Who wins is anyone's guess...

Death on Horseback Holding a Trumpet and A Flag
By– Stefano della Bella [Italian, 1610 -1664]
1648 / etching

The Doctor
by Ivo Saliger [Austrian 1894- 1987]
1921 / Color etching on brown paper

 Death Taking the Young Mother
By Thomas Rowlandson [British 1756-1827]

Death and the Woman
by Kathe Kollwitz [German 1867-1945]
1910 / Lithograph

Morbid Curiosity: Richard Harris Collection
Location: Sidney Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center..
January 28 – July 8, 2012
Curator: Lucas Cowan
Co-Curator: Debra Purden
Director of Exhibitions: Dr. Elizabeth Lee Kelly..
Presented by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

River North [Crossing (1998) by Hubertus von der Goltz]

Crossing - Hubertus von der Goltz

Installed: May 22, 1998

Location: LaSalle Gateway Plaza on LaSalle Street, 
just north of the Chicago River

Commissioned by the City of Chicago Percent for Art program.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Loop [Radiant One - by Richard Lippord]

Radiant One - by Richard Lippord

Installed: 1958

Location: Inland Steel Building Lobby, 30 W Monroe..

Commissioned by The Inland Steel Corporation

Friday, May 11, 2012

CANstruction 2012 - The Award Winners

2012 CANstruction Chicago:
A-can-emy Awards
  Local and National Award Winners

Main categories: [Local Awards]
  • Crowd Favorite
  • Most Creative Name
  • Most Cans Used
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository Award
  • AIA/SEAOI Award - Make No Small Cans
  • Whole Foods Market Chicago Award

Crowd Favorite: “A Healthy Balance,” 4,030 cans
KJWW Engineering Consultants / VOA / Berglund Construction..

Most Creative Name:  “Feed the Hungry Not the Meters,” 6,200 cans
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects / W.E. O’Neil

Most cans used: “The V8 Summit,” 10,161 cans
The V8 summit wins another nother Award..
Greater Chicago Food Depository Award

AIA/ SEAOI Award - Make No Small Cans: “InterCANnected,” 6,000 cans

Whole Foods Market Chicago Award: “Hole Foods,” 3,152 cans
Harley Ellis Devereaux / AVI-SPL


Main categories: [Local Awards]
  • Honerable Mention #1
  • Honorable Mention #2
  • Best Meal
  • Best Use of Lables
  • Structural Ingenuity
  • Jurors' Favorite

Honorable Mention #1: “Block Out Hunger,” 9,216 cans
RJN Group, Inc.

Honorable Mention #2: "Nuts About Fighting Hunger,” 3,508 cans
Alfred Benesch & Company

Best Meal:   “Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, A beaCAN of hope,” 2,455 cans
Hirsch Associates LLC, C.E. Anderson & Associates

Best use of Labels: “HUNGER is Not a Game,” 3,493 cans
OKW Architects, Inc.

Structural Ingenuity: “InterCANnected,” 6,000 cans

Jurers Favorite: “A Healthy Balance,” 4,030 cans
 KJWW Engineering Consultants / VOA / Berglund Construction

2012 Canstruction Chicago Local and National Award Winners

CANstruction 2012 [at Merchandise Mart]

Nuts about Fighting Hunger [Mr. Peanut]

CANstruction 2012
6th Annual Chicago Design/Build Competition
Presented by Whole Foods..
Location: Lobby of the Merchandise Mart.

More than 85,000 pounds of food from the 19 colossal structures of the Sixth Annual Canstruction design/build competition will go to provide food for hungry people in Cook County. Chicago architects, engineers and construction companies are showing off their designs and engineering genius to aid in the cause to fight hunger. All cans used in the structures benefit the Food Depository

Nuts about Fighting Hunger [Mr. Peanut]
Alfred Benesch & Company

The V8 Summit

A Healthy Balance
KJWW Engineering / VOA / Berglund

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse - A beaCAN of hope
Hirsch Associates / C.E. Anderson & Associates / Linn-Mathes

Hungry Birds
HDR Architecture, Inc.

BSA Lifestructures

Shake Off Hunger
Potbelly Sandwich Works

Cape CANaveral
The Boeing Company

Hunger is Not a Game
OKW Architects Inc.

Hunger is Not a Game
OKW Architects Inc.

Feed Me
Murphy / Jahn Architects

Feed the Hungry, Not the Meter
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects/ W.E. O'Neil

Smith Group JJR

Jonquilla hyperbola [aka Daffodils]
Skidmore, Owing & Merrill LP

Block Out Hunger
RJN Group, Inc.

Goettsch Partners

Show Your Helping Hand
Muller+Muller, Ltd. / Primera Engineers

Hole Food - Do it for Chicago
Harley Ellis Devereaux / AVI-SPL

Hole Food - Do it for Chicago
Harley Ellis Devereaux / AVI-SPL

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Alterpolitan : An Indoor Sculpture Garden [at Inland Steel Bldg.]

Alterpolitan; An Indoor Sculpture Garden
Presented by the Chicago Loop Alliance, Noisivelvet and Art Advisory, Ltd
Curated by Susan Blackman
Temporary Exhibit: May 3  to  May 26 , 2012..
Location: Inland Steel Bldg.
Noisivelvet is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for the arts and artists making public work.

Alterpolitan includes sculptures by 17 artists: Andrew Arvanetes, Barbara Cooper, Barry Tinsley, Mike Baur, Corinne D. Peterson, Darrin Hallowell, Derick Malkemus, Elena Rakochy, Bob Emser, Eric W. Stephenson, Jason Verbeek, John Hatlested, John Himmelfarb, Mike Helbing, Ron Gard, Terry Karpowicz and Victoria Fuller.

Darrin Hallowell - Self Portrait Chauvet
2005-12/ Iron Oxide

Barry Tinsley - Red Walker
2011/ Aluminum & Stainless Steel

John Himmelfarb - Blue Motive
2011 /woodblock prints on blocks of wood

John Himmelfarb - The Road to Herron
2011 /woodblock prints on blocks of wood

John Himmelfarb - Mesa
2011 / Bronze

Terry Karpowicz - Leaving the Nest
1992 / Steel, wood, stone

Ron Gard - H2H
2009 / 100+ year old Fire Warehouse beam

Jason Verbeek - Tathered
2010 / Carbon steel, Stainless steel, Grass..

Victoria Fuller - Knob Job and the Power Box
2011/ wood, doorknobs & sockets 

Elena Rakochy - Untitled
2011 / Stoneware

Corinne D. Peterson - Flow, Here I Stand, Blue, Fog, Sand
2010 / Stoneware
 Bob Emser - Wind of Change
2010 / Stainless Steel, Painted Aluminum

Eric W. Stephenson - Squirm
1996 / Welded steel, plexiglass & rubber..

Andrew Arvanetes - Quest
1997 / Bronze

Barbara Cooper - Rupture
2006 / Cast iron

Derick Malkemus - Bounce
2006 / cast aluminum, stainless steel

John Hatlestad - Wind of Change
2010/ Stainless stell, painted aluminum

Mike Helbing - Mike's Raintree
2010 / Stainless steel

Mike Baur - Artesian 2
2008 / Steel and concrete

Mike Baur - Redwing
2008 / Steel and concrete

Mike Baur - Aerial
2010 / steel, concrete & copper

Please point out any mistakes in names, spelling or any other mistake..