Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit

One of the many things I love about Chicago is the accessibility of works of art to residents and visitors. Of course the most familiar are the downtown outdoor sculpture: Calder at the Federal building, the lions in front of the Art Institute, etc, etc. Many times I have stood at Daley Plaza and watched kids climb all over the Picasso getting and early “feel” of the world of art. The neighborhoods do not fall short in the art department and this is especially true of Lakeview and Lincoln Park. For the last 9 years, Alderman Vi Daley has sponsored this juried outdoor sculpture exhibit in Lincoln Park and over the last few years Alderman Tom Tunney has expanded it to include Lakeview. The installations of the works have happened over the last month and they are now ready to view around the neighborhoods. To get a full tour (and it is definitely worth the walk) pick up the new 2010 brochure at either Alderman’s’ office. It provides an easy to follow map so that you don’t miss a treat.

And since walking is all anyone will be able to do in the parade congested Lakeview this weekend, you can see the parade and two of the newly installed sculptures on the parade route.

The first is at the northwest corner of Roscoe and Broadway. If you can get an outdoor seat at Starbucks you can sit and wonder what the inspiration or meaning is of the “Composition in Aluminum” by John E. Bannon.

Further south on the northwest corner of Barry and Broadway is another delicious sculpture in aluminum entitled “Uplift” by Michael Young. These sculptures will inspire you to hike around the whole Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods in search of more treasures.

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