Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Installation Celebration!

You are invited to our annual Installation Celebration.  On the evening of December 12th, 2017, we will be celebrating the installation of several new sculptures in the Champaign-Urbana area over the past year.

Please join us for a night of drink, food and friends of the Public Art League!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Biaggi's (2235 S. Neil St., Champaign)

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
Please RSVP by December 9th.

Thank you for your support!  We would love to have you join is for the event!  If you are unable, please consider a donation to further our mission by clicking here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

"Awakening" Unfurls by The iHotel

by Stephanie Sailer (Kingston, IL)

The Public Art League is proud to announce the purchase of Awakening (artist: Stephanie Sailer, Kingston, IL) by Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois Research Park.  The piece is currently installed just East of the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

The artist states that "Awakening depicts a seedpod unfurling into new life.  Tendrils are seen in a moment of unraveling as they stretch and reach toward the sky after winter hibernation.  Each tendril arches toward the sun, slowly shifting from the hard, protective shell to the vibrant air above.  As humans, we take part in this perpetual process but never truly see the simplistic beauty around us.  Awakening is an attempt to enlarge the beautiful form of a seedpod and this first stretch of life to a size that allows us to view, acknowledge and appreciate.

A big thank you to Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois Research Park for bringing this sculpture to the community through the PAL program.

Artist, Stephanie Sailer with Awakening

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

PAL Welcomes "Meshed" to the Illinois Terminal

Bruce Pea, Beth Johnson-Satterthwaite and Tod Satterthwaite
with Meshed (by Dean Allen Bloedorn)

The Public Art League proudly welcomes Meshed by Dean Allen Bloedorn (Lodi, WI) to the Illinois Terminal building in downtown Champaign.  The piece was purchased by the Public Art League through a generous donation from Tod and Beth Satterthwaite.  Tod, and friend Bruce Pea, also constructed the platform for Meshed.

The artist states that "Meshed represents a finely tuned machine or mechanism mired or embedded in concrete.  It may serve as a metaphor for any number of current events."

A big thanks go out to Tod & Beth Satterthwaite, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, and to all who made the purchase and installation of Meshed possible.

by Dean Allen Bloedorn (Lodi, WI)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"LD's Song" Stands Majestic Near The Robert Hosier Memorial Garden

LD's Song
by Rollin Karg (Kechi, KS)

The Public Art League is proud to welcome LD's Song by Rollin Karg (Kechi, KS) to the corner of Neil Street & Stadium Drive in Champaign.  The sculpture stands majestic (14' tall) near the Robert Hosier Memorial Garden.

The artist states: "I have been working in glass and metal for over thirty years.  About twelve years ago I started making public art.  A sculpture has a profound amount of spiritual content in it.  Creating and designing for special locations is exciting, but physically seeing my work in the outdoor setting really makes me feel like I have made an impact in the world.  My work is a bridge to communicate the spirit of man to the world in which we live."

"Seeing the stunning effect that glass and metal have on the landscape is pure joy.  Glass is so durable that people forget it has been out of doors since the beginning of its creation.  History tells the story of glass.  Art is like a rocket full of our hopes, dreams and history that shoots into the future for all generations to come."

He further states:  "LD's Song is a tribute to the mother of Rollin's son.  Like its sister sculpture Woman's Song, LD's Song represents a woman's ability to endure and thrive despite adversity and hardships.  Their ability to bring beauty no matter the situation."

A big thank you to Mike & Connie Hosier for the Site Sponsorship of this piece.

Artist Rollin Karg installing LD's Song in Champaign

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Loop" Emerges in Mattis Park

with artist, Jim Weitzel

The Public Art League proudly welcomes Loop by artist Jim Weitzel (Forest City, NC) to Mattis Park in Champaign.  Loop is a sculpture made on a wire armature that is covered with bonding cement onto which the artist has incised small marks and then applied stain.  The sculpture is filled with high-density foam for added strength and to stop water migration.

Of Loop, the artist states:  "The sculpture is about energy; there is the energy of all those small marks and then my goal was to make the arms of the sculpture appear to emerge from the earth and show how the energy is disrupted until it can make the final loop back around and re-enter the ground."

"I saw this sculpture in a dream.  In the dream, it was composed of maybe thirty sections that formed a circle and was flowing water.  This piece is my effort to realize that vision in a three-dimensional form.  The sculpture was created of a few years' time and completed in 2015."

"This is, of course, a metaphor for our lives and the human struggle.  All the energy that it takes to be a person and how we have fits and starts until we close the loop and become truly human."

A big thanks to James Barham and Barham Benefit Group for the site sponsorship of this piece.

by Jim Weitzel

Friday, October 13, 2017

"La Diva II" - A Vibrant Addition to Downtown Champaign!

La Diva II
by Ruth Aizuss Migdal

The Public Art League proudly welcomes La Diva II by Ruth Aizuss Migdal (Chicago, IL) to the corner of Neil Street and Park Ave. in Downtown Champaign.  The sculpture stands 12 feet tall and is constructed of fabricated steel painted bright red.

The artist states: "La Diva II exhibits what it is to be a strong, independent woman full of life and beauty.  It captures the individual strength in all of us.  The larger-than-life, vividly red sculpture is a celebration of life.  It activates its surroundings by bringing to it a bold presence."

La Diva II is the second of the artist's work to be featured in the community.  The majestic Flamenco Revisited (also by Migdal) is installed in Porter Park in Southwest Champaign.

A big thank you to Robin Allen & Dan Noel, Whitney & Andrew Hartman, Masha & Brent Trenhaile and the Friends of PAL for the site sponsorship of this piece.

La Diva II
by Ruth Aizuss Migdal

Monday, September 18, 2017

A "Quarter Moon" Shines in Downtown Champaign

Quarter Moon
Carl Billingsley (artist) & David Wilcoxen (PAL president)

The Public Art League is proud to welcome Quarter Moon by Carl Billingsley (Greensboro, NC) to downtown Champaign.  The piece is installed near the Gold Rush Pawn Shop on the north side of Main.

The artist states: "Quarter Moon is an exploration of a vertical motif.  It is constructed of standard industrial steel shapes such as I-Beams, and various sizes of pipe that are welded and mechanically attached.  The technique that I employed in constructing Quarter Moon is also industrial and continues the tradition of 19th century 'constructivists' who introduced industrial materials and techniques to 'fine art.'  'Economy of means' and 'the hand of the artist' are both expressive aspects of the sculpture that any viewer can see and readily understand.  Quarter Moon is a unique and somewhat mysterious object that enlivens the public space and references the natural world symbolically by employing universal design elements such as color, planes, lines and circles in a sort of poetry of object and space."

A big thanks goes out to Jos. Kuhn & Co. for the site sponsorship of this piece.  We thank them for their continued support of public art in our community.