Art in the Parks

By Barbara Heller
In October 2, 2014
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illinois-landscape-no5The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park offers 29 master works of sculpture for public viewing situated within 100+ acres of prairie landscape on the campus of Governors State University.

The permanent collection includes 24 pieces; five works are on long-term loan from the artists. Highlights include several important landscape-based sculptures created by distinguished artists at the height of their creative powers, a group of works by major late-20th Century American sculptors and a number of works representing almost exclusively Chicago-based artists.

The park is open dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. Parking and admission to the park are free. The views surrounding our sculptures change with the seasons so it’s always a good time to visit. Whether you’re from across the street on campus or across the country, a visit to the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park will reward you with insights into distinguished artworks by internationally recognized sculptors as you establish a connection with the landscape.

nathan-manilow-sculpture-park-illinois-paulAbove is Illinois Landscape No. 5 by John Henry (American, b. 1943) Materials: welded and painted steel Provenance: Commissioned by the GSU Foundation with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. To the right is Paul by Tony Tasset (American, b. 1960) Materials: painted fiberglass over steel frame Provenance: Commissioned by the Art-in-Architecture Program, Capital Development Board, State of Illinois

This park, near a busy college campus, is an excellent reminder that parks have multiple uses including, of course, family picnics, places to go for a run or walk the dog, but, importantly, parks can be places of reflection and provide “a sense of place” that is unique to each of us.

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