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Old Posted Dec 14, 2004, 9:21 PM
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i just got a blurb about the new grant park sculpture installation from the grant park conservancy. there's a meetig tonight at 6:30pm at the art institute if anyone wants to learn more about this. it sounds pretty cool:


Please join us and the Chicago Park District in a presentation of a major new sculptural installation—Agora - by world-renowned, Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. One hundred iron figures, nearly nine feet tall, will be created in Poland as a gift to Chicago, a Sister City of Warsaw, the first international city to become a “sister city” of Chicago. Agora, will consist of figures walking in multiple directions or standing still. Like individuals, each will be uniquely created.

Mary Jane Jacob, Chair of the Sculpture Department and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will give a slide presentation on Magdalena Abakanowicz and the Chicago Park District's Department of Planning will present the siting, design and planning for the park space.

The artist has donated the design and is fabricating the sculpture in Poznan, Poland, with Polish artists who are generously volunteering their time. Today, Chicago is the largest city of Poles outside Warsaw.

The prominent location of the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road is being considered for this public sculpture. This corner is one of the last remaining, unfinished landscaped rooms envisioned by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett for Grant Park. Starting from Millennium Park at Randolph to Roosevelt Road along Michigan Avenue there are several defined, landscaped rooms with art, culture, activity, and beautiful landscaping creating Grant Park destinations. This location is a gateway to the South Loop and Near West Side as it is connected literally and figuratively ( sculptures on the bridge represent UIC) by the Roosevelt Road Bridge to the UIC community and campus. It is also the site of one of the city’s historic entry points for immigrants and migrants during the much of the 20th century.
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