Public Art League is proud to announce the installation of Circle of Friends, a sculpture by Karen Crain, on November 6th. Public Art League worked with the City of Champaign to complete the installation at the corner of Park and Neil streets in downtown Champaign. Circle of Friends represents the 41st sculpture Public Art League has brought to the community, and its installation is possible thanks to the generous support of the Friends of PAL.
Sculptor Karen Crain has been creating exhibitions for over 20 years and has won national awards in major juried shows including the National Sculpture Society, American Women Artists, and Allied Artists of America. Her works have been featured in cities and galleries across the country, and she has won People’s Choice awards in South Dakota, Arizona, and Colorado.
Crain’s love of the human spirit and form are what give her art its emotional depth. Circle of Friends is a tribute to her family and the books she enjoyed with them as she was growing up. She explains, “Books can have an enormous impact on us, helping to form our beliefs, morals, and dreams. The circular shape the girl sits in echoes the theme of how books encompass our lives and become a valuable part of who we are.” The band around the outside of the circle contains the engraved titles of several books that appeal to young readers, and Crain hopes these titles will encourage young readers and their families to makes these books a part of their lives.