Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sculpturefest 2010

Kicking off a weekend of appreciation for the arts in Downtown Champaign, the Public Art League presents ‘Sculpturefest’ on Friday, August 20th. The event is open to the public and is a celebration of the arrival of sculptures that will be installed downtown. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the party will take place on Park Street between Neil and Randolph Streets and feature live music by Bruiser & the Virtues (starting at 7:00 p.m.) ...and summertime cocktails by Boltini Lounge. Learn more about the Public Art League and the program which is bringing more sculpture and public art to Champaign while you mingle with many of the artists whose work will be on display in our community.

Join the party on Friday, August 20th from 6-10 p.m. on Park Street as we kick off a great weekend of support for the arts. Special thanks to Busey Bank and Boltini Lounge!

Sculptures Placed in 2010

Check out the locations in Google Maps
Artist: Terrence Karpowicz
Sculpture: “From Swords to Plowshares”
Location: Taylor Street Plaza (West End of Cowboy Monkey beer garden)
Sponsor: Pepsi-Cola Champaign-Urbana Bottling Co
Available for purchase
Price: $42,000
Artist: Garry R. Bibbs
Sculpture: “Double Dutch – A Jump for Joy”
Location: Westside Park (East End)
Sponsor: First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana
Artist: Gail Simpson
Sculpture: “Pointless”
Location: One Main Plaza (Grass Area – North Hump)
Sponsor: Volition
Artist: Bob Emser
Sculpture: “Skycatcher III”
Location: Southwest corner of First and Chester Streets
Sponsor: Robeson Family Benefit Fund
Artist: John Searles
Sculpture: “Spiral Flight”
Location: Northeast corner of Main & Chestnut Streets
Sponsor: Jos. Kuhn & Co.
Artist: Paul Daniel
Sculpture: “Red Eye”
Location: Parking lot island in front of the Orpheum Theater
Sponsor: Illinois Green Business Association
Artist: Barry Tinsley
Sculpture: “Entrance”
Location: One Main Plaza (Grass Area – South Hump)
Sponsor: One Main Development
Marci Dodds & Cody Sokolski
Artist: Roger F. Blakley
Sculpture: "R-RP-25"
Location: Neil Street (near Circles)
Sponsor: Barham Benefit Group

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Editorial - Cooperation in the name of public art


From the News-Gazette: Editorial
Champaign now joins Urbana with a program to place public art in various location in the city.
The Champaign City Council's decision last week to join with a private group to cooperate in placing sculptures in various locations around the city is welcome as an example of public-private cooperation to support public art. It's a no-risk proposition for Champaign taxpayers that can enrich the social and cultural life of the city at little or no public cost.
-- read the full article