Art blowing in the wind
Hanging sculpture on Peoria Street
11/27/2012 4:49 PM
Walk into the Art Institute of Chicago or one of the many West Loop galleries and you expect to see, well, art. Walk out of the UIC Halsted Blue Line Station and you’re more likely to see airborne trash and schmutz.
Ah, but look a bit closer as you stroll down Peoria Street. Just north of the Eisenhower overpass on your left is the UIC Gallery 400 Community Flag. And directly across the street from the flag to the east you’ll see another art project: a sonic sculpture.
Amanda Cervantes is the artist and a freshman at UIC. She created the work as an assignment for her Introduction to Sculpture class.
“It took me a few days to gather the materials and figure out how I wanted it to appear,” Cervantes said. “The tree itself is part of the sculpture, because it’s an interesting shape, like an umbrella.”
As the wind blew, the jars, bottles and other sculpture items gently bumped together to create a soothing ringing sound.
“My inspiration was a wind chime, to create a series of tones. And, if you listen closely, you’ll find it plays musical notes in half-steps and minor thirds!”