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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Dakota Memories" Purchased with Generous Donation

Dakota Memories
By Shawn Morin (Bowling Green, OH)
Photo by Della Perrone Photography

The Public Art League is proud to announce the purchase of Dakota Memories (artist: Shawn Morin).  The purchase was made possible with a generous donation from Fred and Donna Giertz.

Dakota Memories came to the community in 2015 and is installed at the Northeast corner of Neil and Chester Streets in downtown Champaign.  The piece is made primarily of Mount Rushmore granite and serves as a remembrance of times the artist spent working with the Dakota Granite Company on a project in Sioux Falls, SD.

Dakota Memories is installed just steps away from another Shawn Morin piece, Remembering Horeb.  That piece was also purchased by The Public Art League in a previous year (with a donation from Barham Benefit Group).

We are happy that Dakota Memories will be staying in the community and thank Fred and Donna Giertz for their generosity.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

"Peek Between Trees" in Downtown Urbana

Artist Mark Krucke & Sponsor Mike Hosier
with "Peek Between Trees" 

The Public Art League is proud to welcome "Peek Between Trees" by artist Mark Krucke (Sarasota, FL) to Main Street in Downtown Urbana (by Crane Alley).

About the sculpture, the artist states:  "This piece is about human curiosity and discovery.  This pair of tree-like trunks creates a negative space that forms a peak when viewed from certain angles.  The peak is also very much part of the sculpture."

Thank you to MCDJ, LLC for their generous sponsorship of this sculpture.

Installation of "Peek Between Trees"
Main Street, Downtown Urbana, IL

Saturday, June 10, 2017

2017 Unveiling Celebration

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Art Mart
1705 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign

Join us on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30p-7:00p at Art Mart as we unveil the sculptures that could make their way to the Champaign-Urbana area this year! Artists from all over the country have submitted their entries and you will get a chance to see the wonderful pieces that have been selected for installation. Hors d’oeuvres Provided. Beer & Wine Available (Cash Bar).