Art Outdoors. (9 Photos).

Chicago, October 2015.

Jerry Peart (b. 1948, American), Wildflower, Sinnissippi Gardens, Rockford, Illinois, in July 2017. The 20-foot painted aluminum sculpture in a fountain setting stands near the entrance of the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens along the Rock River. The Conservatory, which opened in October 2011, offers a main exhibition house, greenhouses, classrooms, a roof garden, a lagoon, walking trails, outdoor gardens, and more. Peart, a Chicago-based artist who has created over 35 large-scale public sculptures according to his website, created Wildflower in part because he was inspired by this place in the Midwest dedicated to all things clean and green.

Bob Mangold (b. 1930, American), Anemotive Kinetic, Sinnissippi Gardens, Rockford, Illinois, in July 2017. As a kinetic (movement) artist, Mangold’s sculptures explore concepts of space and motion. In 1962, Mangold began his Anemotive series of spherical, wind-propelled kinetic sculptures. As with this work, the anemotives are characterized by cup-like shapes mounted on arms which allow for motion. 

Chicago, 2018.

Here, fabricated painted steel, 2012, by Ruth Aizuss Migdal. On the runway and poised for flight, the 14-foot-tall, bright red, dancing female figure stands in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo next to the Chilean pink flamingos pond. May 2015.

mural, Chicago El Station, December 2015.

Chicago, December 2015. Penny For Your Thoughts?-Morley-

The time to reveal my powers has come. You saved me/ You saved me. I’m ready for anything except more nothing. I’m not afraid Anymore! Nothing matters except you and me and treats delicious treats. You’re the only one who really gets me. I think forever just started looking like you. I don’t have time to decode your emojis! I finally feel like the main character in my own story. If I were a Ninja I bet I would be a great breakdancer.

“Moonstruck,” Chicago, October 2016.

Mural of Muddy Waters painted in 2017 by Eduardo Kobra (b. 1975), Chicago, May 2021.

The 100-foot-tall (10 stories) mural of legendary Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was dedicated in June 2017 on the wall of the 19-story tower at 17 N. State Street.

Painted by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra (b. 1975), it took over two weeks to paint it and covered over a big, yellow “Go Do Good” painting. The colorful portrait mural of Muddy Waters is part of a campaign to beautify some of the walls of tall buildings in Chicago and to mark the significance of Black music in Chicago — specifically, in this mural, the legacy of Muddy Waters in the Chicago blues music scene.

At the dedication of the mural at the busy intersection of State and Washington Streets in the heart of downtown Chicago’s business and shopping districts, Muddy Waters’ family was in attendance. Of the legacy of Muddy Waters, who was born in Mississippi and came to Chicago in the 1940’s, Rolling Stone wrote: “With him the blues came up from the Delta and went electric.”

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