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]

By Joseph J. O'Connell
1968 /  Bronze
War Memorail 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 - by Hubertus von der Goltz]

Crossing ...
Sculptor: Hubertus von der Goltz ..
Installed: May 22, 1998 ...
Location: LaSalle Gateway Plaza on LaSalle Street, just north of the Chicago River ...

It's one of Chicago’s publicly commissioned artworks. This sculpture named "Crossing", portrays an aluminum man precariously balanced atop a steel perch twenty-five feet in the air ... This artwork addresses the complex navigation of life as we approached the millennium .. "Situated at the north end of Chicago’s financial district and the south end of LaSalle Street’s retail strip, Crossing provides a bridge between the global and the local business worlds, as well as public and private lives" ...

In the background we see this sculpture "Ceres" byJohn Bradley Storrs.. It's on top the Chicago Board of Trade Building..

# For more on Ceres.. click here..

Monday, May 14, 2012

Loop [Radiant One - by Richard Lippord]

Radiant One..
By Richard Lippord
Commissioned by The Inland Steel Corporation in 1957..
Installed: 1958
Location: Inland Steel Building Lobby, 30 W Monroe..

This is very beautiful!
One of the first pieces of sculpture by a contemporary American artist to be put at a public space in Chicago..
Ref: Chicago's Public Art by Ira J. Bach & Mary Lackritz Gray.

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